In the bestselling Olive series by writer and actress Carol Drinkwater, author of THE FORGOTTEN SUMMER

‘She writes so well you can almost smell the sun-baked countryside’ BELLA

‘Her writing captures the true spirit of the people and places she visits’ THE TIMES


‘A thrilling tale tracing the journey of olive cultivation’ THE LADY

THE OLIVE TREE charts Carol Drinkwater’s colourful and often dangerous journey in search of the routes that olive cultivation has taken over the centuries. Set during a springtime Mediterranean that is evocative and perennial, it is above all a tale of our time.

Troubled by challenges her own South of France farm is experiencing, Carol realises new approaches to farming are becoming essential. Her quest takes her south through Spain, Morocco, Algeria and Italy before she finally returns to her farm.

Through her travels and vivid encounters, Carol confronts some of the critical issues of our time – land-care and the harsh realities of diminishing water reserves – and ends her momentous journey in the company of olive growers whose vision for the future is remarkable and ingenious.

Reviews

The Olive Tree is travel writing of the highest order
Jenny Crwys-Williams, The Book Show, Radio 702 (South Africa)
'The Olive Tree is a thrilling tale tracing the journey of olive cultivation'
Paul Blezard, THE LADY
Her writing is often lyrical and unexpectedly poetic, making this book a surefire hit on many levels.
THE WEEKENDER (South Africa)
`the story contains some wonderfully evocative vignettes, written in prose that ignites the reader¿s imagination'
Jane Duru, GLOBALISTA
An honest tale that brings to life the sights, smells and tastes of the Mediterranean.
LIVING SPAIN
Her writing captures the true spirit of the people and places she visits
Carolyn Boyd, 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
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
Gripping and passionate
GOOD BOOK GUIDE
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
Her writing captures the true spirit of the people and places she visits
THE 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
An honest tale that brings to life the sights, smells and tastes of the Mediterranean
LIVING SPAIN
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
THE TIMES
THE OLIVE TREE is a thrilling tale tracing the journey of olive cultivation
THE LADY
Gripping and passionate
GOOD BOOK GUIDE
The story contains some wonderfully evocative vignettes, written in prose that ignites the reader's imagination
GLOBALISTA
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
Her writing is often lyrical and unexpectedly poetic, making this book a sure-fire hit on many levels
THE WEEKENDER (South Africa)
One cannot resist Drinkwater's courage and joie de vivre, nor the enormous appetite and enthusiasm for her subject
DAILY MAIL