Carol Drinkwater March 8, 2019 – Posted in: Local Authors

Carol Drinkwater is an award-winning actress, probably still best known for her role as Helen Herriot in the BBC series All Creatures Great and Small. Also an accomplished writer and filmmaker, Carol has achieved bestselling status with her much-loved memoirs of life on an olive farm in Provence. The set of six Olive books have sold close to a million copies worldwide. Four of the books are set on her olive farm in Provence: The Olive Farm, The Olive Season, The Olive Harvest and Return to the Olive Farm. While The Olive Route and The Olive Tree, recount Carol’s journeys travelling alone around the Mediterranean. Carol says: I spent sixteen months on my solo journeys around the Mediterranean, in war zones, wearing burkhas where necessary, carrying a backpack weighted down with camera and laptop. The seeds for my two books and, now, our television series, were sown during that time. I was knitting together a tapestry, a network. I was meeting modern-day folk who have put the olive tree at the heart of their lives, whose ancestors have forgotten more than I will ever learn. I sincerely hope that I have succeeded in sharing in my books and our films some of these amazing discoveries and extraordinary encounters, a little of all that has been revealed to me. The Olive Route and The Olive Tree have been the inspiration behind the making of five documentary films. The DVDs are available via Carol’s website. Carol also writes for the young adult market. These books are published by Scholastic.

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