The Olive Harvest: A Memoir of Love, Old Trees, and Olive Oil

Author(s): Carol Drinkwater

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"The stars shimmer like spilled handfuls of glitter. The day is beginning to rise with a faint mist. As I turn my head, ghostly halos, auras of light, appear and disappear ...The silence is truly awesome. Not a bird, not a whisper of wind, not a breath of life. Only the two of us, a most implausible pair, standing shoulder to shoulder gazing upon an awakening heaven" Returning to their home after an extended absence Carol and her husband Michel are looking forward to summer together on the farm. A shocking blow leaves Carol alone and the future is uncertain. Feeling isolated and with no olives to harvest, Carol ventures beyond the farm to explore other aspects of Provencal life - from hunting to bee-keeping, the ancient language to the ever-present demands of family and friends. And ultimately, Provence's generous diversity - and Carol's own persistence in sharing it with those she loves - paves a path to joy.


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With its vibrant Mediterranean setting, THE OLIVE HARVEST is poignant, compelling and beautifully written. Carol Drinkwater has already built up a huge readership eagerly awaiting the third volume of her Olive Farm memoirs. The magnificent humanity and honesty that characterised the first two episodes of her trilogy sets Carol Drinkwater's work apart from others in the same genre. Her two previous Olive books, THE OLIVE FARM and THE OLIVE SEASON, spent 6 and 9 weeks in the Sunday Times Bestsellers lists respectively. Between them they have sold over a quarter of a million copies in Britain alo

'This book captures the heart of Provence and its people perfectly' SUNDAY EXPRESS 'She writes so well you can almost smell the sun-baked countryside' BELLA 'Fans of Drinkwater's previous Olive Farm tales will be delighted at the arrival of the third. In this latest, the author plunges into dark territory when she finds herself unexpectedly alone on the farm for the summer. The crop is suffering, and just beyond the borders of the grove's sunny existence lies a forest full of unknown frights. Refreshingly honest, this book brings alive the unknown side of Provence, and, as always, ensnares readers in a web of sheer delight' GOOD BOOK GUIDE 'an uplifting account that is full of Carol's very personal and passionate outlook on life that has brought her and her readers joy and inspiration' EMPORIUM 'Sparkling writing and some incisive observation make this a cut above your usual 'ex-pat finds new life in rural idyll' fare CHOICE

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

  • : 9780752865447
  • : Orion Publishing Co
  • : Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • : May 2005
  • : United Kingdom
  • : July 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Carol Drinkwater
  • : Paperback
  • : Re-issue
  • : 944.9084092
  • : 352