The Olive Route

The Olive Route : A Personal Journey to the Heart of the Mediterranean

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Fourth volume in the bestselling olive series by writer and actress Carol Drinkwater

Since Carol Drinkwater moved to an olive farm in France she has developed a passion for the olive tree and the culture that has grown up around it. From the eastern shores of the shimmering Mediterranean to its western coast this fruit is farmed. Its silvery-green branches have inspired painters and poets, but who first pressed its 'bitter berry' and transformed it into liquid gold?

In quest of its secrets and traditions, Carol embarked on a solo adventure round the Mediterranean basin. Transporting readers across the olive's ancient paths, celebrating its venerable past, tracking trade routes, unearthing unlikely stories, encountering peoples of today and bygone times, Carol comes full circle, back to her farm in the sun-baked Provencal hills.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 129.5 x 193 x 33mm | 362.87g
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 Maps
  • 0752881396
  • 9780752881393
  • 83,576

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'her sensitive and detailed descriptions give the reader a clear image of the fascinating destinations on her route' * COTEDAZUR.COM * this lively, well-paced narrative. * BBC GOOD FOOD MAGAZINE * Carol is an engaging travelling companion with an infectious enthusiasm for her subject. * CHOICE * part travel journal, part food story, and a social account of the eastern Mediterranean. * THE SUNDAY BUSINESS POST * the adventures involved in the spread of the olive are colourful and intriguing * TRAVELLER * an inspiring and captivating read.....a lively, often humorous account, providing a fabulous insight to the olive route. -- Rhona Wells * MIDDLE EAST MAGAZINE * 'Drinkwater has a sharp eye for character, and the people who populate The Olive Route will not disappoint her fans....' -- Danuta Keane * THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY * one cannot resist Drinkwater's courage and joie de vivre, nor the enormous appetite and enthusiasm she has for her subject -- Wendy Holden * THE DAILY MAIL *
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About Carol Drinkwater

Best known for her role as Helen Herriot in BBC Television's ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL (for which she was awarded THE VARIETY CLUB TELEVISION PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR AWARD), Carol Drinkwater has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as both an actress and writer. During her acting career she has worked in film, television and theatre. Her credits include working with Laurence Olivier at the National Theatre and Stanley Kubrick on A CLOCKWORK ORANGE.

Carol is the author of six bestselling memoirs: THE OLIVE FARM, THE OLIVE SEASON, THE OLIVE HARVEST, THE OLIVE ROUTE, THE OLIVE TREE and RETURN TO THE OLICE FARM. Carol worked with UNESCO on a lavish documentary film series inspired by her two most recent books, THE OLIVE ROUTE and THE OLIVE TREE. The series is both travel and history based and will follow an Olive Heritage Trail around the Mediterranean Basin. The aim is to celebrate the cultural heritage of this sacred tree. The first transmissions will be in Canada in February and in Germany in April 2013.
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