The Olive Farm

Author(s): Carol Drinkwater

Biography & Memoir

"All my life, I have dreamed of acquiring a crumbling, shabby-chic house overlooking the sea. In my mind's eye, I have pictured a corner of paradise where friends can gather to swim, relax, debate, eat fresh fruits picked directly from the garden and great steaming plates of food served from an al fresco kitchen and dished up on to a candlelit table the length of a railway sleeper..." When Carol Drinkwater and her partner Michel have the opportunity to buy 10 acres of disused olive farm in Provence, the idea seems absurd. After all, they don't have a lot of money, and they've only been together a little while. THE OLIVE FARM is the story of the highs and lows of purchasing the farm and life in Provence: the local customs and cuisine; the threats of fire and adoption of a menagerie of animals; the potential financial ruin and the thrill of harvesting their own olives - especially when they are discovered to produce the finest extra-virgin olive oil...


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A wonderfully evocative memoir of life, love and olive oil in the South of France. Carol Drinkwater has built up a huge readership for all three of her Olive Farm memoirs. All three books were top ten Sunday Times bestsellers, with THE OLIVE HARVEST reaching No.3. Between them they have sold almost half a million copies in Britain alone. All three books received excellent reviews: 'The new leader of the pack' The Times. 'Beautifully written with a great sense of humour, it captures perfectly the dreamy atmosphere of the South of France and its people' Woman and Home. 'A spellbinding memoir' Choice. 'She writes so well you can almost smell the sun-baked countryside' Bella. 'Refreshingly honest, this book brings alive an unknown side of Provence and, as always, ensnares readers in a web of sheer delight' Good Book Guide. 'Drinkwater is a rare writer who tackles other people brilliantly ... Vibrant, intoxicating and heart-warming' Sunday Express.

Actress Carol Drinkwater is probably best known for her role as Helen Herriot in the BBC series 'All Creatures Great and Small.' Also an accomplished novelist, she has achieved bestselling status with her much-loved memoirs of life on an olive farm in Provence.

General Fields

  • : 9780752877624
  • : Orion Publishing Co
  • : Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • : May 2006
  • : United Kingdom
  • : June 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Carol Drinkwater
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 944.9083092
  • : 352