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The News Archive - some older news from Chris that may be of interest


Chris' latest book is The Almond Blossom Appreciation Society which follows on from the hugely successful Driving Over Lemons and A Parrot In The Pepper Tree.

THE ALMOND BLOSSOM APPRECIATION SOCIETY finds Chris and his family still living on their farm, El Valero, and with its easy ‘Sun-Lit’ charm and funny, evocative anecdotes, it will draw in new and old readers alike.

You will find yourself laughing out loud as Chris is instructed by his daughter on local teenage mores; bluffs his way in art history to millionaire Bostonians; is rescued off a snowy peak by the Guardia Civil; and joins an Almond Blossom Appreciation Society.

You’ll cringe with Chris as he tries his hand at office work in an immigrants’ advice centre in Granada, spurred into action by the arrival of four destitute young Moroccans at El Valero. And you’ll never see olive oil in quite the same way again…

In this sequel to ‘Lemons’ and ‘Parrot’, Chris Stewart’s optimism and zest for life is as infectious as ever.


News Archive - 2006


October 2006 Cheltenham Literary Festival
Chris appeared at the Cheltenham Literary Festival on October 6th where he gave a talk at Cheltenham Town Hall at 7:15 pm.  More details can found on the Festival site.
October 2006 Almond Blossom Appreciation Society audio release
An audio release of The Almond Blossom Appreciation Society was released on 3rd October.  This release features Chris reading an abridged version of the complete book.
June 2006 Chris on BBC Radio 4's Excess Baggage
Chris appeared on the BBC Radio 4 travel magazine show Excess Baggage in June, where he was interviewed by Sandi Toksvig.  The show is available to listen to on-line on the BBC site.

News Archive - 2002



October 2002

Chris at the Chester and Cheltenham Literature Festivals

To further promote his new book A Parrot In The Pepper Tree, Chris Stewart has made a return visit to the UK in October.  He appeared at the Grovsner Museum in Chester to give a talk as part of the Chester Literature Festival on October 12th and then made a further appearance at the Cheltenham Literature Festival the following day where he gave a further talk about the new book and his life in Spain.  More information about the Cheltenham Festival can be found on the Festival siteThanks to Phil Morris for the detail about this.

August 2002

A Parrot In The Pepper Tree on BBC Radio

BBC Radio 4 featured readings of extracts from A Parrot In The Pepper Tree each day between 26th - 30th August. The readings by actor Mick Ford were broadcast at 9.45 am each day and each 15 minute programme was repeated at 12:30 am the following morning.

June 2002

Chris on BBC Television

Chris appeared on the BBC Four programme Readers and Writers Road Show which was broadcast on June 7th.  The 30 minute programme, which was recorded at the Hay Literary Festival on 2nd June, featured Chris together with authors Paulo Coelho and Joanne Harris talking about their work and answering questions from an invited audience. 

June 2002

Audiobook release

An audio version of A Parrot In The Pepper Tree has been released by Penguin Audiobooks.  This will feature Chris reading an abridged version of the book.  

June 2002

Chart Positions

A Parrot In The Pepper Tree has now started to make an impression in the UK book sales charts.  As of the first week in June it is at number 31 in the overall Top 40 bestsellers chart.  In the Top 10 for paperback non-fiction it is currently at number 5 and in the Top 10 for small publishers non-fiction titles it is at number one!  In this last chart, Driving Over Lemons is also currently at number three.

May 2002

New Interviews

Chris appeared as one of the guests on BBC Radio 4's Midweek programme on May 29th where he talked about A Parrot In The Pepper Tree.  The show was broadcast live between 09:00 and 09:45 and an edited repeat version of the show was transmitted at 21:30 the same day.

Chris has also given an interview about the new book and the effect that Driving Over Lemons has had on his life to the on-line travel magazine Wanderlust, which you can read here.

May 2002

Promotional Appearances

Chris is scheduled to make a number of promotional appearances in the UK to tie in with the publication of A Parrot in the Pepper Tree.  Confirmed details of two of these are as follows:

28th May: Waterstones, Deansgate, Manchester.

Chris talked about the book at this branch of Waterstones Books from 7pm.  

2nd June: Hay Literary Festival, Hay-on-Wye.

Chris appeared at the Hay Literary Festival, where he talked about the book with Rosie Boycott.  Chris appeared in the Orange Word Tent at 15:30.

Spring 2002

A Parrot in the Pepper Tree

Chris has now completed work on A Parrot in the Pepper Tree, the long-awaited "sort of" sequel to Driving Over Lemons and it is scheduled for publication in the UK at the start of June.  

As well as continuing the story of his life in Spain, Chris also takes a look back at his previous experiences including shearing sheep in Sweden and playing drums with a band called Genesis....

News Archive - 2000 & 2001


May 2001

Driving Over Lemons US paperback edition

Driving Over Lemons was published in a paperback edition in the US in May 2001.  The book has been given the slightly amended subtitle of An Optimist In Spain for this edition.  

Chris also undertook another promotional trip to the US to tie-in with the publication of this version of the book. 

October 2000

Life With Lemons

Chris recently had his own four part series called Life With Lemons on BBC Radio 4, which was broadcast on Sunday evenings. Each 15 minute show featured Chris reading some newly written stories about his on-going experiences as well as Chris talking about his life in Spain. All the programmes were recorded on location on Chris' farm and even featured some of his guitar playing! 

Autumn 2000

Complete and unabridged spoken word release

A further audio release of Driving Over Lemons is now available. The 6 cassette set will feature Chris reading the whole of the book and will have a playing time of around 7 hours! Published by Chivers, it is primarily aimed for public libraries as is the case with their large-print edition but it can be bought on-line from Chivers.

Summer 2000

Talking Book now released on CD

The spoken word release of Driving Over Lemons, which features Chris reading an abridged version of the book, has now been released by Penguin Audiobooks as a 3 CD set. This retails for a very reasonable £9.99 and is available from Amazon.

Summer 2000

Large print edition

Driving Over Lemons has now been published by Chivers as a special large-print edition.  This version of the book is primarily aimed at public libraries.

June 2000 Driving Over Lemons has now been published in the US by Pantheon Books.  The US issue has a different cover design.  Chris undertook a promotional tour from 16th April in the US to promote the book.
June 2000 Driving Over Lemons continues to sell in the UK at an impressive rate!  The book has now been on the bestseller lists for nearly 10 months and has sold in excess of 200,000 copies.  The book is now into it's tenth print run.
May 2000 The reading of Driving Over Lemons by actor Mick Ford that was originally broadcast a year ago was given a repeat on BBC Radio 4 at the start of May 2000. In contrast to their original mid-morning slot, each 15 minute programme was broadcast late at night.
April 2000 Chris appeared as a studio guest on the first edition of a new travel magazine show called Excess Baggage which was broadcast on April 15th. He was interviewed by the show's host Arthur Smith and the programme also included a recorded item of Chris describing the scene at a religious festival in Spain.

News Archive - 1999


28th October 1999 The Penguin Audiobook release of Driving Over Lemons has been released today. A two cassette set, it features Chris reading an abridged version of the book and has a playing time of nearly three hours. It is available from most larger bookshops in the UK and also on-line from Amazon.
6th June 1999

Chris appeared at the Hay Literary Festival today where he read extracts from Driving Over Lemons as well as signing more copies of the book.

3rd June 1999 Driving Over Lemons is published today!  The book should be available from all good book shops in the UK and it can also be ordered on-line from Amazon.
31st May 1999

BBC Radio 4 are featuring readings of extracts from Driving Over Lemons all this week. The readings by Mick Ford are broadcast at 9.45 am each day.


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