Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Andalucia

Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Andalucia

by Chris Stewart (Author)

Synopsis

Meet Chris Stewart, the eternal optimist. At age 17 Chris retired as the drummer of Genesis and launched a career as a sheep shearer and travel writer. He has no regrets about this. Had he become a big-time rock star he might never have moved with his wife Ana to a remote mountain farm in Andalucia. Nor forged the friendship of a lifetime with his resourceful peasant neighbour Domingo...not watched his baby daughter Chloe grow and thrive there...nor written this book. Fate does sometimes seem to know what it's up to. Driving Over Lemons is that rare thing: a funny, insightful book that charms you from the first page to the last...and one that makes running a peasant farm in Spain seem like a distinctly gd move. Chris transports us to Las Alpujarras, an oddball region south of Granada, and into a series of misadventures with an engaging mix of peasant farmers and shepherds, New Age travellers and ex-pats. The hero of the piece, however, is the farm that he and Ana bought, El Valero - a patch of mountain studded with olive, almond and lemon groves, sited on the wrong side of a river, with no access road, water supply or electricity. Could life offer much better than that?

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
Edition: Main
Publisher: Sort Of Books
Published: 03 Jun 1999

ISBN 10: 0953522709
ISBN 13: 9780953522705

Media Reviews
A wonderful book - funny, affectionate, no hint of patronage, a true portrait of place, and people, reaching deep beneath the skin. Tuck it into your holiday luggage and dream. -- Elizabeth Luard * Daily Mail *
Exquisite ... in Driving Over Lemons the anecdote flourishes once more, Stewart's briskly robust style and lack of pretension keep the book rolling along -- Penelope Lively * Daily Telegraph *
A humble and enchanting account...Chris Stewart is one of life's bold originals. -- Christina Hardyment * Independent *
A lyrical portrait of a couple integrating themselves into one of Europe's most beautiful regions. Stewart's writing conveys his amiability...and he has a particularly good ear for dialogue. -- Anthony Sattin * Sunday Times *
When an author is as modest and humorous as this, his story cannot be told too often. -- Elizabeth Buchan * The Times *
A funny, observant and personal account of what a man can learn, and what there is to appreciate in life. Marvellous. -- John S. Doyle * Sunday Tribune *
Author Bio
Chris Stewart prepared for life on a mountain farm in Spain with jobs of doubtful relevance. After leaving Genesis (he drummed on the first album), he joined a circus, learnt how to shear sheep, crewed a yacht in Greece, went to China for the Rough Guides, gained a pilot's license in Los Angeles, and completed a course in French cking. Since writing Driving Over Lemons, Chris, Ana and their daughter Chloee continue to live on their farm, with their numerous dogs, cats, chickens, sheep and one misanthropic parrot.