• Driving Over Lemons An Optimist in Spain
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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? Driving Over Lemons has sold over a million copies since publication in 1999. The title has been translated into 9 languages.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2084 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Sort Of; 10th UK ed. edition (8 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956308643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956308641
  • ASIN: B006WB2E6O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Almost makes me want to move to Spain

 on 21 January 2017
By Julie Ryan
The title is intriguing for a start and immediately conjures up pictures of hot summer days and sleepy Spanish villages set against a backdrop of lemon groves. No doubt the author had the same romantic picture of a life in the sun when he and his wife moved to Spain. However, his account of farming during a harsh winter, of no running water or electricity paint an entirely different picture. I think it’s the struggle of daily life and the interaction with the locals that make this book so endearing.

One of the better ‘good life abroad’ books

 on 24 October 2012
By Simon Binning
In the last twenty years or so there seems to have been hundreds of books written by Brits who have given up everything and moved abroad to follow a dream or a whim. Some of them have been pretty awful.

Very enjoyable read

 on 28 November 2017
Chris Stewart has only a small claim to fame, but that doesn’t matter much. This book stands alone as a good read in it’s own right. It’s autobiographical, and left me feeling that I both wanted to follow in his footsteps, but felt fairly warned of the challenges ahead if I did ! Have read it more than once, bought it for several other people as gifts, and it’s gained a long-term place on my bookshelves.

Captivated once more !

 on 28 September 2017
By Johnny S.
Bought this book – 15 years ago ( I think )…lost to the Charity Shop ages ago.

Mint Condition

 on 17 August 2016
By WomanCid
i ordered this book as i had seen it on the kindle daily deals and as with other books i have bought i supported the use section. The book arrived in a very fast time (before i had finished the book i was on inspiring me to get a wriggle on) and it was in mint condition (i don’t believe it had ever been opened before me). I have now started it and enjoying it immensely. A great buy highly recommend both the book and the seller

Interesting and thoughtful

 on 3 October 2012
By Lyndsey Kirkwood
An excellent read, Chris tells the story of he and his wife Ana moving to Andalucia with humour, passion and realism. Some of the areas he describes sound breathtaking and I plan on looking at the area in more detail on the Internet as unfortunately, as is the way with the classic Kindle, the photos aren’t the best.

Not your conventional tale of expats in Spain

 on 13 August 2014
By Gs-trentham
Coming late to this best seller, I can add little to the deserved praise it has already had.

An enjoyable peek into the life of an Englishman in rural Spain

 on 7 September 2012
By Mr T Niwa
I have not really read a lot of books in this genre, this is one of my first and must say I was pleasantly surprised with ‘Driving Over Lemons’. The characters are well drawn and you feel awe and respect for the life that Chris and his family have and continue to make for themselves after upping sticks from a comfortable existence in England and moving onto rural hillside farmland in Spain. There is something inside me that wants to experience what Chris and his wife did in moving to Spain but realise through this account that not all turns out as one expects – there are ups and downs, there are moments of success and periods of downfall – all of which are well capitulated in this narrative account.

Don’t just dream about it, read it

 on 6 May 2015
By Thank Goodness for Books
It is many many years since I read this book but it left a very clear mark on me, I mention it often. A wonderful story of life-changing energy and adventurous spirit that I recommend to everyone. It will transport you to the warm and rustic hills of Spain, at the same time telling a humorous and inspiring tale that teaches us ‘don’t just dream about it, go out there and do it’.

Really natural writing style . . .

 on 5 September 2011
By Fay Farrell
Chris Stewart has written this book in a really natural writing style. Nothing is forced and he doesn’t try to be funny (but I found most of his stories hilariously funny). He doesn’t preach at you or suggest you do anything he has done. The local characters Chris meets during his and his family’s time in Spain and while struggling to improve his property, are often hilarious and totally honest with good and bad character traits being shown. It’s great to see him and his family totally integrate into a way of life mostly alien to many of us without degrading the lifestyle of the indigenous people of this area of Spain.
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