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Snowball Oranges

One Mallorcan Winter

Snowball Oranges by Peter Kerr
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It’s the stuff of dreams: a Scottish family giving up relative sanity and security to go and grow oranges for a living in a secluded valley in the mountains of the Mediterranean island of Mallorca. But dreams, as everyone knows, have a nasty habit of not turning out quite as intended. Being greeted by a freak snowstorm is only the first of many surprises and ‘experiences’, and it isn’t long before they realise that they have been sold a bit of a lemon of an orange farm by the wily previous owners. However, laughter is the best medicine when confronted with consuming a local dish of rats, the live-chicken-down-a-chimney technique of household maintenance and attending a shotgun wedding. The colourful set of Mallorcan neighbours (including an eccentric old goatherd who eats worm-ridden oranges to improve his sex life) restores the family’s faith in human nature and helps them adapt to a new and unexpectedly testing life in this deceptively simple idyll of rural Spain. Snowball Oranges is hilarious and revealing, full of life and colour, set against a backdrop of the breathtaking beauty of Mallorca. This international bestseller is the first of three books by Peter Kerr about his experiences in Mallorca. Look out also for Manana Manana and Viva Mallorca, plus Thistle Soup (his recollections of Scotland).
Summersdale Publishers Ltd.; Read online
Title: Snowball Oranges
Author: Peter Kerr
 

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