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Snowball Oranges: One Mallorcan Winter (Peter Kerr) Paperback – 13 Apr 2017
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Like so many other Scottish farmers, Peter Kerr and his partner Ellie had passed many a bleak winter's evening "indulging in dreams of someday swapping the rigours of growing crops and raising cattle in the harsh Scottish climate" for the more idyllic option of a small farm in Spain. On the day their dream came true, when they finally moved into their Mallorcan farmhouse, 1500 miles southwards of Scotland, it snowed. But they were lucky to be there at all: Peter and Ellie discovered their new home after taking a wrong turning while on a summer holiday, instantly falling for its "white walls, faded wooden shutters and terracotta tiled roof" which "peeped sleepily over the deep green domes of orange trees, while the mountains looked benignly on". With prose as elegant as this, Snowball Oranges is one travel book that needs no illustrations. In fact it reads more like a novel, brimming with charming characters and good humour. "My drenched trousers clung uncomfortably to my legs," the author tells us following a mishap with a hose, "dredging up sorry memories of a once-familiar sensation that I hadn't experienced since my early days at infant school." By the time you reach the last page, you feel as though you are in the Mediterranean with them, and you don't want to go home.--Daren King --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'… hilarious, full of life and colour.'(The Bolton Evening News)
'delightful... hilarious and revealing. Full of life and colour... and is entertaining for everyone... witty... packed with funny stories.'(Sixtyplusurfers)
'As bright in tone as the primary colours of its new cover... the book is rich on atmospheric detail.'(Telegraph.co.uk)
'Peter's fruity tale still has plenty of juice left!... a hilarious personal account.'(East Lothian Courier)
‘An affectionate and amusing tale on Majorca and its inhabitants’(Sunday Express)
‘A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle was one of the great hits of travel writing – and now there could well be another, this time with a rich and tasty Spanish flavour’(The Scots Magazine)
‘Beautifully written and amusing . . . a comparison with A Year in Provence cannot be avoided and Snowball Oranges should with justification be equally well received’(Adventure-mag.com)
‘Immensely engaging and amusing’(Alternative Mallorca)
‘It’s a really funny read and had me laughing out loud on my journey to work’(Family Circle)
‘Peter Kerr writes with a combination of nice observation and gentle humour’
‘This should do for Spain what A Year in Provence did for France’(The Sunday Post Magazine) See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
A pleasant read.
Read it and see Mallorca in a new light. You never know, you may well end up feeling a little *tranquilo* yourself. My only criticism would be that I'd like to continue the journey and find out how things worked-out beyond the first winter. Lets hope there will be a follow-up - excellent stuff.
The book follows Scotsman Peter, his wife Ellie and their two children, Charlie and Sandy, who up-sticks and take on an orange farm in the secluded Mallorcan mountains. They quickly come to realise however, that their idyllic dream might not be quite what they had hoped and that they have a lot to learn about the Mallorcan way of life.
Filled with anecdotes and amusing stories, it was admittedly a pleasant enough way to pass the time, though I just didn't find Peter to be a wholly engaging storyteller if I'm honest. I also felt that (maybe because I read so many books like this?) the book was a bit predictable in places with the ex-pats getting ripped off by the locals and trying to ingratiate themselves with the neighbours. This grew a bit tedious after a while. I also can't help feeling that the Kerr's were just very naive in just accepting the farm at face value without doing any proper research into what they were ultimately taking on- no wonder they had so many problems with it, along with the irritating Mallorcan bureaucracy which meant that things always got rectified later, rather than sooner!Read more ›
It was written in a very informal style which was easy to read and made it very easy to relate to the circumsances being described. Each new character that the family encountered was described to a tee and you could easily cunjour up in your own mind the "tranquilo" farmer from the next "finca" leaning on the gate post providing the benefit of his wisdom whether it was required or not!
The adding of a spanish word at regular intervals provided a very "spanish" or should I say "Mallorcan" atmosphere.
I certainly became far more "tranquilo" by the end of my holiday in Mallorca and I am sure this was assisted by reading an extremely enjoyable and humorous personal account by Peter Kerr. I am looking forward to reading Manana Manana and have it on my birthday present list!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another brilliant story by this great author, Peter Kerr's books are always extremely entertaining, books that you find hard to put down...+++++ AAAAAPublished 8 months ago by Doug Potter
Loved this series of books about Peter and his family's lives running this enterprise on Mallorca. I like Peter's witty style, especially the episodes featuring Jock. Read morePublished 11 months ago by sly1
I've had mixed experiences with this type of book so I went into reading it with an open mind. Unfortunately this book struggled to keep my interest though I did read it to the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Millie
Part of a series of books by Peter Kerr, well worth the read, gives you a slice of Mallorcan life from an expat BritPublished 17 months ago by Catalan Waves
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