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One Mallorcan Summer (previously published as Manana Manana) (Peter Kerr)


One Mallorcan Summer (previously published as Manana Manana) (Peter Kerr)

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    Peter Kerr(Author)

Having battled and succumbed to the mañana pace of rural Mallorca, spring sees Peter Kerr and family relaxing into a supposedly simpler way of life, growing oranges on their little valley farm, Ca’s Mayoral.

However, even after the trials, tribulations and triumphs of their initiation, Spain has not yet finished with them. Embarrassing subtleties of the language, brushes with the local police, the unfortunate outcome of a drinking session… surprises aplenty await this venturesome émigré family.

A colourful account of tranquilo life from the author of Snowball Oranges, here’s all the charm of Mallorca: where you seldom do today what can be more judiciously put off till mañana!

Anyone contemplating running a fruit farm in Spain would do well to read Peter Kerr's Mañana, Mañana, which describes how he left Scotland with his wife and two wary sons to set up a little valley farm growing oranges in the Mallorcan countryside.

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  • PDF | 320 pages
  • Peter Kerr(Author)
  • Summersdale (13 July 2017)
  • English
  • 9
  • Travel & Holiday
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  • By bobg on 30 May 2017

    Read the author's book about his time with a jazz band and enjoyed it very much. However I simply could not get on with this book. Probably my fault and style of reading.

  • By Cruise Queen on 28 August 2012

    Just simply a delightful book.. as are all the other ones of Peter Kerr that Ive read so far.. you get exactly what you hope for.. a lovely tale of family life on the island of majorca.Close your eyes and you can picture yourself there amongst the almond and orange trees, smell the blossom and listen to the goats in the distance. The sort of book I didnt want to put down.Im so glad I discovered these books.

  • By Grumpa on 18 May 2015


  • By Guest on 31 July 2001

    I read Kerr's Snowball Oranges last summer which dealt with his family's first (winter) months in Mallorca. Manana Manana sees them adjusting to the lifestyle and the relentless summer heat, and getting closer to the locals. It is a thoroughly enjoyable read that will transport you to the Mallorcan countryside - the author is extremely adept at playing with all of your senses to bring you the sights, sounds and smells of the Mallorcan countryside; hard to describe (unless you are the author of course), but there is a real mediterranean atmosphere throughout the book. Once duly transported, you are treated to the series of events and scrapes that the Kerr's seemingly enjoy/endure with differing degrees of relish. Mostly a riot, but peppered with some genuinely touching moments.I highly recommend this book - if you have time, read Snowball Oranges first (subsequently reading Manana Manana is a bit like being reunited with old friends), though it isn't a prerequisite as the author is careful to provide background information from the first book where required. I'm now going to try and get my job relocated to Mallorca (as if......)

  • By Joanne on 23 April 2003

    I read this back to back with the brilliant Snowball Oranges whilst actually on holiday in Mallorca. The tales of Peter Kerr and his family in the wonderfully simple and genuine Mallorcan countryside are hilarious, touching and very informative. Plenty of colourful phrases to be learnt too. Loved it!

  • By Samdescartes on 6 July 2002

    Peter Kerr, doesn't write in the genre of Pete McCarthy/ Joseph O'Connor, but as one living the life under the sun of Mallorca. So if you picked up either this book or his previous ones and expected Bill Bryson, meets McCarthy meets O Connor, you'd be disappointed!I read his first and was semi disappointed, but never one to dismiss him, I picked up a copy of Manana Manana and started to read.I can't say I was overtly gripped by the story, but as its 'follow on', I already knew the main players and learnt more about them.Therefore it was 'old faces' that I knew and read about, and how the kerr's first summer on Mallorca was taking hold.The Kerr Family adapting to live as fruit farmers, and the laughs about the things that happened to them along the way.And I say one thing to Peter Kerr, STOP TELLING PEOPLE ABOUT THE NICE PARTS OF THE ISLAND!You will spoil it for us that have known about them for years!In a way he has been the one man band who may encourage people to visit the island, more so than Antioch their minister has done in the past year!But, on a more serious note, there was something lacking, there was moments of sheer enjoyment and then something which made it all fall flat later on.I haven't given up on Mr Kerr just yet, and have even pre ordered his 3rd book! Maybe the missing element comes with practice of writing, and to be honest I just don't know what it is that is missing, maybe I have read too many Bryson/ O'Connor/ McCarthy /Mayle books, but its a nice gentle to read when sitting on the beach, when you thought all Mallorca consisted off was egg & chips down the pub in Magaluff.

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