- Author Chris Stewart
The third in the trilogy of stories about Chris Stewart’s life on a remote farm in Spain, this book dips in and out of stories with no real narrative, except for evaluating life in the European countryside amongst the strange but wonderful friends and family.
I quite enjoyed some of the stories, learning about the olive making process was interesting, and it was also good to read about nipping across to Morocco for some seed-picking fun, but others weren’t quite up to the normal standard, I thought. The journalist coming to review gardens was interesting but didn’t really seem to have a point, and trying to find a random parrot wasn’t the best way to start a book, I thought.
Nevertheless, it’s always interesting to catch up with this family, and their hard work surviving in the scorching sunshine. The fact that Stewart makes his money from writing so that the farm takes less of a centre stage comes across in the book, but that also means there is more humour in the stories as well. Tricky balance, but overall a good read.