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. This fruit is farmed from the eastern shores of the shimmering Mediterranean to its western coast. 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.
one cannot resist Drinkwater's courage and joie de vivre, nor the enormous appetite and enthusiasm she has for her subject - Wendy Holden
Drinkwater has a sharp eye for character, and the people who populate The Olive Route will not disappoint her fans.... - Danuta Keane
an inspiring and captivating read.....a lively, often humorous account, providing a fabulous insight to the olive route. - Rhona Wells
the adventures involved in the spread of the olive are colourful and intriguing
part travel journal, part food story, and a social account of the eastern Mediterranean.
Carol is an engaging travelling companion with an infectious enthusiasm for her subject.
this lively, well-paced narrative.
her sensitive and detailed descriptions give the reader a clear image of the fascinating destinations on her route
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.