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Manana Manana: One Mallorcan Summerby Peter Kerr
Synopses & Reviews
Having battled and succumbed to the manana pace of rural Mallorca, spring sees Peter Kerr and his family relaxing into a supposedly simpler way of life, growing oranges on their little 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 are aplenty to test the resolve, stamina, and, perhaps more importantly, the sense of humor of this venturesome emigre family. Their eccentric and colorful new friends are always on hand to help out—for better or worse—and add spice to this account of tranquilo life.
A follow-up to "Snowball Oranges", telling how Peter Kerr and his family continued their initiation into Spanish life, and detailing various misadventures with and without new acquaintances.
About the Author
Peter Kerr was born in Lossiemouth, County Moray, but since his early childhood has lived (on and off) in East Lothian.
Having left school, Peter joined the Civil Service as an Executive Officer - but given his flamboyant and dynamic nature, he found the role inhibiting and far too conventional!
In the early '60s Peter moved to London to pursue a career as a professional jazz musician, touring with the Clyde Valley Stompers and recording for producer George Martin (who also produced for The Beatles). Peter, on the clarinet, was the leader of the band.
The Clyde Valley Stompers produced many a successful hit, one of which was the great 'Peter and the Wolf'. The band appeared on several television programs including The Morecambe and Wise show and Thank Your Lucky Stars. Their music was also featured on Radio 2 in Brian Matthews' Saturday Club Easy Beat Music show.
Back in East Lothian in the 1970s Peter became heavily involved in record production. His 'Amazing Grace', produced for the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, sold approximately 13 million records.
In the early 80s, Peter and his wife turned to farming, and farmed barley and beef cattle. When the recession hit, they took the bit between their teeth and decided to take their farming skills to Mallorca, where they bought an old farmhouse with an orange farm, mucked in with the locals and set to work.
The couple lived in Mallorca with their two sons for three years. Snowball Oranges, written on their return, hilariously recounts the early days.
Peter Kerr and his wife have now retired from farming and live back in East Lothian.
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