The Almond Blossom Appreciation Society
Author: Chris Stewart
Publisher: Sort of Books
Date First Published: 04/06/2009
Chris Stewart's "Driving Over Lemons" told the story of his move to a remote mountain farm in Las Alpujarras - an oddball region of Spain, south of Granada, Andalucia where Gerald Brenan lived for a number of years in the 1930s.
Funny, insightful and real, the book became an international bestseller. In this sequel to "Lemons" and "Parrot" the Good Life goes on at El Valero.
Find yourself laughing out loud as Chris is instructed by his daughter on local teenage mores; bluffs his way in art history to millionaire Bostonians; is rescued off a snowy peak by the Guardia Civil; and, joins an Almond Blossom Appreciation Society.
You'll cringe with Chris as he tries his hand at office work in an immigrants' advice centre in Granada, spurred into action by the arrival of four destitute young Moroccans at El Valero.
And you'll never see olive oil in quite the same way again... Chris Stewart's optimism and zest for life is as infectious as ever.
THE STORY of the almond blossom appreciation society
It became an international bestseller and with its sequels - A Parrot in the Pepper Tree and The Almond Blossom Appreciation Society - it has sold more than a million copies in the UK alone.
Chris prepared for life on his Spanish mountain farm with jobs of doubtful relevance.
He was the original drummer in Genesis (he played on the first album), then joined a circus, learnt how to shear sheep, went to China to write the Rough Guide, gained a pilot's license in Los Angeles, and completed a course in French cooking.
Three Ways to Capsize a Boat fills in his lost years as a yacht skipper in the Greek islands.
Despite the extraordinary success of his books, Chris, his wife Ana, and their daughter Chloe, continue to live on their farm, with their numerous dogs, cats, chickens, sheep and misanthropic parrot.
About the Author
Chris Stewart shot to fame with Driving Over Lemons in 1999.
Funny, insightful and real, the book told the story of how he bought a peasant farm on the wrong side of the river, with its previous owner still resident.