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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753826127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753826126
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #966,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Her writing captures the true spirit of the people and places she visits -- Carolyn Boyd TIMES An honest tale that brings to life the sights, smells and tastes of the Mediterranean. LIVING SPAIN 'the story contains some wonderfully evocative vignettes, written in prose that ignites the reader's imagination' -- Jane Duru GLOBALISTA Drinkwater's passion and curiosity are contagious...lively prose holds unexpectedly poetic bursts and an insightful account of how the Mediterranean treats a woman travelling alone -- Kathleen Wyatt TIMES Carol Drinkwater has gone in search of olive growers in the west Mediterranean, documenting her travels and travails with good humour and not a little fortitude. -- Choice 'The Olive Tree is a thrilling tale tracing the journey of olive cultivation' -- Paul Blezard THE LADY a tale of one lady's courageous, unusual and intrepid journey around the Mediterranean in the pursuit of something so many of us give little thought to in this country REAL TRAVEL The Olive Tree is travel writing of the highest order -- Jenny Crwys-Williams The Book Show, Radio 702 (South Africa) Gripping and passionate GOOD BOOK GUIDE Her writing is often lyrical and unexpectedly poetic, making this book a surefire hit on many levels. THE WEEKENDER (South Africa)

About the Author

Carol Drinkwater is the author of several previous memoirs of life on an olive farm in Provence, including The Olive Farm, The Olive Season, The Olive Harvest, and The Olive Route.

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Anglo-Irish actress Carol Drinkwater is perhaps still most familiar to audiences for her award-winning portrayal of Helen Herriot in the BBC series All Creatures Great and Small. A popular and acclaimed author and film-maker as well, Carol has published nineteen books, and one Kindle Single, for both the adult and young adult markets. She is currently at work on her twenty-first title.
When she purchased a rundown property overlooking the Bay of Cannes in France, she discovered on the grounds sixty-eight, 400-year-old olive trees. Once the land was reclaimed and the olives pressed, Carol along with her French husband, Michel, became the producers of top-quality olive oil. Her series of memoirs, love stories, recounting her experiences on her farm (The Olive Farm, The Olive Season, The Olive Harvest and Return to the Olive Farm) have become international bestsellers. Carol's fascination with the olive tree extended to a seventeenth-month, solo Mediterranean journey in search of the tree's mythical secrets. The resulting travel books, The Olive Route and The Olive Tree, have inspired a five-part documentary films series entitled The Olive Route.

Carol has also been invited to work with UNESCO to help fund an Olive Heritage Trail around the Mediterranean with the dual goals of creating peace in the region and honouring the ancient heritage of the olive tree.

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When i read her books i feel i am right there too!
Marcia G Nappi
I found Ms. Drinkwater's account of how she and her newly found love, Michel, bought a piece of property that turned them into olive farmer's.
Beth Amazon reviewer
I could not put it down and would highly recommend it to any one who wants a light travel book.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Beth Amazon reviewer on March 30, 2010
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The Olive Farm: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Olive Oil in the South of France

You have to start with the first book, The Olive Farm, to get the most out of this account of Carol and Michel's journey to becoming olive farmers. I found Ms. Drinkwater's account of how she and her newly found love, Michel, bought a piece of property that turned them into olive farmer's. It is a love story about people, a place, and a way of life. Very charming and more intoxicating even than Under the Tuscan Sun. I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoyed the Tuscan books and anyone who appreciates good, solid writing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Herb Lady on July 6, 2012
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Carol Drinkwater's is an actress; and an olive farmer.
This book is available formatted for US Kindle; and that is how I purchased it.
The book covers everything from the trials and tribulations of accomplishing the purchase; to family dynamics; to clean-up.
The story has highs and lows - just like farming & rehabbing older homes.

I found it very interesting and wanted to buy all her books about the Olive farm and the history of olive farming. However, US Kindle does not support all the other books in this series!!! Even though it gave me the option of purchasing them that way at first.

This book appeals to a broad audience and a limited one....a good read on a winter weekend or anytime...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie K. Blackketter on October 11, 2011
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I THINK THE WHOLE SERIES OF "THE OLIVE TREE "IS SO MUCH FUN TO READ AND BE SURE TO GET THE HARD BACK WITH ALL THE PHOTOS OF HER HOME AND ALL. YOU CAN FIND THEM ON AMAZON I HAVE ALL THEM ALL SURE LEARNED ALOT .
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I've read the whole series and was fascinated by her diligence on the subject and had me looking up her travels on the computer. Very well written and will read more by her anytime!!!!!!
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By Marcia G Nappi on June 27, 2014
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I have not read it yet but like all her other books i know i will love it. Carol writes about her world with passion and imparts that to us, her readers. When i read her books i feel i am right there too!
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I think she is a fantastically interesting writer and has a vocabulary to match albeit I wish sometimes she would leave the Provencal words out and stick to stock French or English words. Tough to find translation for we who are not familiar with the language. But she does share a wealth of insight on her chosen subject as well as a perspective on what it means to ry and be an organic farmer in a world where odds are against success both because of politics and general attitudes of the industry on the one hand and a noxious pest that seems beyond any natural form of control. I tend to lean to the progressive side and am myself a strong advocate for organic farming which I practice myself with mixed results on an amateur level. I also am very much concerned about the effects of pesticides, even ones incorrectly labeled as Organic, which, though they may be naturally sourced, are detrimental to the environment and pollinators. Despite these sentiments I found Carol's insistence on trying to buck the impossibility of her quest to continue raising olive trees in the face of the slim hope of finding a truly environmentally sound control for the olive fly..except at a higher altitude where the fly cannot survive. Apparently she is obliged to continue at the seemingly hopeless endeavor by reason of French law which makes it unlawful to cut down or dig up oliviers. The only hope seems to be tied o a natural enemy of the fly that comes from Africa and seems to have trouble surviving in the climate of France or does it? this series dramatically reveals the issues between high production agriculture which has become a near essential in the face of overpopulation and a workable environmentally sound alternative that can do the same job.Read more ›
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The wealth of historical information in Carol's book is uniquely valuable as well as her interview research on sustainable methods of orchard agriculture. Her journal-style of sharing her experiences and responses to them was never over played (ie. very readable). I found the book a goldmine and fell in love with olive oil culture, especially the Berber people's sensibilities about adapting with love and family their foremost value.
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As well as the above the book is a philosophical and poetic description of the countries and people encountered in her travels. At times the poetry of her writing is breathtaking. I loved this book and her writing.
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