Snowball Oranges : One Mallorcan Winter, Paperback Book

Snowball Oranges : One Mallorcan Winter Paperback

Part of the Peter Kerr series

3 out of 5 (1 rating)


I could hardly believe my eyes. A cold mantle of white was rapidly transforming our sunny paradise into a bizarre winterscape of citrus Christmas trees, cotton wool palms and snowball oranges.

When the Kerr family leave Scotland to grow oranges in a secluded valley on the island of Mallorca they are surprised to be greeted by the same freezing weather they have left behind.

Then they realise that their new orange farm is a bit of a lemon...Laughter, finds Peter Kerr, is the best medicine when faced with a local dish of rats and the live-chicken-down-a-chimney technique of household maintenance.

But their Mallorcan neighbours help them adapt to their new life.

Snowball Oranges is hilarious and revealing, full of life and colour, set against the breathtaking beauty of the Mediterranean.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale Publishers
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  • Category: Travel writing
  • ISBN: 9781849530255

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I get the feeling that having read one book of northern Europeans moving South and having culture shock, you have read them all.If you want another in this category, this one will do. Fairly well written, the episodes and characters are fairly interesting, but the main point is the stupid things the author and his family do because of not understanding the culture. (On the other hand, if you are planning to move to Mallorca yourself, this would be a good preparation for learning what not to do.)Marked down another half star for the totally unsympathetic description of a German-speaking family. The most aggravating part of this book is the author's inability to see that his bumbling is just as ridiculous and out of place.

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