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on 21 January 2017
The title is intriguing for a start and immediately conjures up pictures of hot summer days and sleepy Spanish villages set against a backdrop of lemon groves. No doubt the author had the same romantic picture of a life in the sun when he and his wife moved to Spain. However, his account of farming during a harsh winter, of no running water or electricity paint an entirely different picture. I think it's the struggle of daily life and the interaction with the locals that make this book so endearing.
Surrounded by a menagerie of animals, eccentric villagers, unpredictable nature, this book really captures the essence of Andalusia.
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on 24 October 2012
In the last twenty years or so there seems to have been hundreds of books written by Brits who have given up everything and moved abroad to follow a dream or a whim. Some of them have been pretty awful.
This book by Chris Stewart is one of the better ones. It is hard to say exactly why; I think his character is the chief reason. Already a fairly laid back, pragmatic person before the move, this allowed him - at least in print - to take everything that the change threw at him and deal with it.
The book has a lot of the usual 'local characters' who seem to populate these books, but most of them do ring true. He also admits that he got one or two character judgements spectacularly wrong along the way. He also errs on the side of seeing himself as needing to understand and work with the locals, whereas in so many of these books, it is the locals who are expected to accept the newcomers without question.
He does introduce one or two innovations to the area, which are generally welcomed - it is other foreign visitors who accuse him of destroying local traditions!
Overall, a well-written account of the start of his adventures; now to read the sequel...
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on 28 November 2017
Chris Stewart has only a small claim to fame, but that doesn’t matter much. This book stands alone as a good read in it’s own right. It’s autobiographical, and left me feeling that I both wanted to follow in his footsteps, but felt fairly warned of the challenges ahead if I did ! Have read it more than once, bought it for several other people as gifts, and it’s gained a long-term place on my bookshelves.
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on 17 August 2016
i ordered this book as i had seen it on the kindle daily deals and as with other books i have bought i supported the use section. The book arrived in a very fast time (before i had finished the book i was on inspiring me to get a wriggle on) and it was in mint condition (i don't believe it had ever been opened before me). I have now started it and enjoying it immensely. A great buy highly recommend both the book and the seller
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on 3 October 2012
An excellent read, Chris tells the story of he and his wife Ana moving to Andalucia with humour, passion and realism. Some of the areas he describes sound breathtaking and I plan on looking at the area in more detail on the Internet as unfortunately, as is the way with the classic Kindle, the photos aren't the best.

The characters that Chris meets and becomes friends with on his journey in this remote Spanish village are interesting and colourful and many over the years have became part of his extended family.

Chris describes the good and bad parts of farm life, some of which are downright scary, especially when the weather takes a turn for the worse. This book shows that if you have a dream, through determination and handwork you really can make it work.

There's an interview with Chris at the end of the book, again this is very interesting so don't be tempted to skip over it :-)

I'm looking forward to reading the sequel and wish Chris and his family all the best for the future!
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on 28 September 2017
Bought this book - 15 years ago ( I think )...lost to the Charity Shop ages ago.
Latest edition updates the reader on the Stewarts life to date - I bought it again because have just bought a place in Spain in an area near to the Stewarts.
He writes so well , simple , easy , flowing , captivated once more - thanks Chris.
An optimist indeed !
Buy , read , enjoy.....Encantado!
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VINE VOICEon 13 August 2014
Coming late to this best seller, I can add little to the deserved praise it has already had.

Driving Over Lemons is not strictly a travel book. True, the author goes off sheep-shearing in Sweden but he always returns home. His story is about how he and his wife made that home in Spain. They were not the conventional expats taking a bungalow onthe Costa del Sol. They bought a broken down property high in the mountains and, after many travails, turned it into a working farm.

As well as their story, this is a portrait of a remote village community, told with affection. There are rogues and scoundrels to be sure, but the abiding impression is of an idyll hard earned.
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on 7 September 2012
I have not really read a lot of books in this genre, this is one of my first and must say I was pleasantly surprised with 'Driving Over Lemons'. The characters are well drawn and you feel awe and respect for the life that Chris and his family have and continue to make for themselves after upping sticks from a comfortable existence in England and moving onto rural hillside farmland in Spain. There is something inside me that wants to experience what Chris and his wife did in moving to Spain but realise through this account that not all turns out as one expects - there are ups and downs, there are moments of success and periods of downfall - all of which are well capitulated in this narrative account.

An enjoyable reading experience and one which I throughly recommend to others - especially those who have had the odd thought about how life might play out should they suddenly leave their life of middle-class security to an adventurous and 'insecure' way of living in another country.
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It is many many years since I read this book but it left a very clear mark on me, I mention it often. A wonderful story of life-changing energy and adventurous spirit that I recommend to everyone. It will transport you to the warm and rustic hills of Spain, at the same time telling a humorous and inspiring tale that teaches us 'don't just dream about it, go out there and do it'.

Chris Stewart's words reached me so significantly that a year later I specifically made a trip to the region, stayed in Orgiva, and roamed the hills in May for wildflowers and tiny white villages. Perfect.

I look forward to reading Driving Over Lemons again some day, preferably from a sun dappled olive grove in the Alpujarras.
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on 5 September 2011
Chris Stewart has written this book in a really natural writing style. Nothing is forced and he doesn't try to be funny (but I found most of his stories hilariously funny). He doesn't preach at you or suggest you do anything he has done. The local characters Chris meets during his and his family's time in Spain and while struggling to improve his property, are often hilarious and totally honest with good and bad character traits being shown. It's great to see him and his family totally integrate into a way of life mostly alien to many of us without degrading the lifestyle of the indigenous people of this area of Spain.

It's a book you can pick up anytime and be transported to a totally different world (well, for most of us anyway). One of the best books of its sort I have ever come across.
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