The Olive Route resembles both the Silk Road and the Spice Route in that the epic adventures involving the transportation of its produce are highly colourful, intriguing and sometimes bloodthirsty. They embody the entire history of the Mediterranean and its diverse peoples. From the Levant on the eastern coast of its ancient sea, to its western shores, the olive tree is farmed. For many living around the Mediterranean basin, such as Carol Drinkwater, this silvery-grey evergreen is essential to their lives and diets. It has inspired painters and writers since time immemorial. For those who holiday here or dream of it, the tree evokes dusty fragrant seasons, an escape from urban life.From Gibraltar to northern Syria the olive route's stretch is 2,200 miles. At its widest, between France and Algeria, the sea spreads 488 miles. Carol Drinkwater vividly unearths its ancient stories, travels its lands, crosses its shimmering, almost-tideless tranquillity. She meets its striking, often courageous, peoples and traces its venerable olive culture. Tracking the Cretans, Phoenicians, the Greeks, the Romans, amongst others, she finds her way back to her olive farm in the sun-baked hills in southern France.The Olive Route recounts a thrilling, heroic, sensual and entertaining journey by the bestselling author of the much-loved Olive series.
Actress Carol Drinkwater is probably best known for her role as Helen Herriot in the BBC series 'All Creatures Great and Small.' Also an accomplished novelist, she has achieved bestselling status with her much-loved memoirs of life on an olive farm in Provence, of which this is the fourth volume.