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Driving Over Lemons

by Chris Stewart


Chris, eternal optimist and itinerant sheep shearer, moves with his wife Ana to a mountain farm in Las Alpujarras, an oddball region in the south of Spain. Misadventures gleefully unfold as Chris discovers that the owner has no intention of leaving and meets their neighbours, an engaging mix of peasant farmers and shepherds, New Age travellers and ex-pats.

The hero of the piece, however, is the farm itself - a patch of mountain studded with olive, almond and lemon groves, sited on the wrong side of a river, with no access road, water supply or electricity.

Could life offer much better than that?

Driving Over Lemons is read by Nigel Graham and runs for 11 episodes until Thursday the 7th of August. The final episode also includes an interview with the author, Chris Stewart.

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Books to come include Writing Home, Sad Cypress and Jamaica Inn. Suggest a book by emailing or contacting me via Talking_Books on Twitter.

Junior Talking Books

A children's classic, every Saturday morning at 9am and Sunday at 3pm. At the moment it's Matilda by Roald Dahl.

Find out more about our Sunday book here

Podcast Shows

Author interviews, special shows, documentaries and more, all available to listen online or download as a podcast. Includes chats with Bill Bryson, the creator of Paddington Bear, James Herbert's last ever interview, a full short story by Denise Mina and the man behind Parker and Brains in Thunderbirds and co-inventor of the voice of the Daleks. 

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Most recent podcasts for Talking Books

RNIB Bear Hunt Live

Highlights from the Live Bear Hunt with Michael Rosen, Walker Books and Read for RNIB ... but did they get the World Record?

We're Going on a Bearhunt with RNIB

Join the Biggest Ever Bear Hunt reading lesson with Michael Rosen, the author of the beloved picture book.

Marathon Storytelling with Tam Dean Burn and the Queen's Baton Relay

I find out about the The Marathon Storytelling Cycle Challenge as Tam Dean Burn & Co. tour Scotland reading Julia Donaldson's 181 books to children for #Culture2014 on the Queen's Baton Relay, then across Glasgow for #Festival2014

Listen Again

Catch up with the last five episodes of Talking Books

Monday - Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks 13/15 (Lemons 3/11 from Mon 28th)

Tuesday - Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks 14/15 (Lemons 4/11 from Tue 29th)

Wednesday - Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks 15/15 (Lemons 5/11 Wed 30th)

Thursday - Driving Over Lemons 1/11 (6/11 Thur 31st)

Friday - Driving Over Lemons 2/11 (7/11 Fri 1st Aug)

Sunday - Matilda by Roald Dahl



About Talking Books

Robert Kirkwood presents the best of the spoken Word. The famous RNIB Talking Books studios have such a rich and varied history. Authors such as Ruth Rendell, Roald Dahl, P.D. James, A.S. Byatt, Fay Weldon, Doris Lessing, Lady Antonia Fraser and lots of other greats, making up a veritable Who’s Who of UK literature, have all visited us and recorded something.

Narrators over the years have included Joanna Lumley, Richard Baker, Sir John Gielgud, Joss Ackland and Jim Broadbent amongst hundreds of others. In the early days of the RNIB Talking Book service, there was no such thing as commercial audiobooks, so the RNIB library is the only place to hear people such as Peter Cushing and Joyce Grenfel read books aloud.

On Insight Radio's Talking Book show we've featured all of the above! Where else could you hear Peter Cushing read Sherlock Holmes followed by Victoria Coren talking poker, or Cherie Blair reading Postman Pat followed by Frederick Forsyth telling us about cocaine trafficking?

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