- Author Chris Stewart
I inadvertently read Chris Stewart’s other memoir - early reminiscing about life at sea - before finding this, the story that made him a writer. In Driving Over Lemons, we are firmly land-locked, with Chris heading from an albeit already eclectic life in the UK (drummer with Genesis, sailor, sheep-shearer) to a self-sufficient farmer in the heart of Spain.
As always with these tales, our hero doesn’t quite know what he’s letting himself in for, and suffers through plenty of trials and tribulations, but eventually overcomes them to become part of the landscape. And the tales are fabulous in the telling - vivid characters, fantastic scenes, and a heart-warming feel to the whole thing without being soppy about it all.
I do love the concept of giving it all up and surviving off the land with as minimal a carbon footprint as you can get, but I know it’s something I couldn’t do. So living vicariously through books like this will have to do, and this was a great one. I can’t wait to read the sequel!