Memoir

A Parrot in the Pepper Tree: A Sort of Sequel to Driving by Chris Stewart

By Chris Stewart

Chris Stewart's riding OVER LEMONS instructed the tale of his movement to a distant mountain farm in Las Alpujarras—an oddball sector of Spain, south of Granada. humorous, insightful and genuine, the ebook grew to become a global bestseller.

A PARROT IN A PEPPER TREE, the sequel to Lemons, follows the lives of Chris, Ana and their daughter, Chloe, as they become familiar with a misanthropic parrot who joins their domestic, Spanish university lifestyles, neighbours in love, their amazement at Chris showing at the bestseller lists... and their surprise at learning that their loved valley is once again lower than chance of a dam.

A Parrot within the Pepper Tree additionally appears to be like again on Chris Stewart's former life—the tough instances shearing in midwinter Sweden (and using around the frozen sea to arrive island farms); his first flavor of Spain, studying flamenco guitar as a 20-year previous; and his illustrious track profession, drumming for his college band Genesis (sacked at 17, he by no means fairly grew to become Phil Collins), after which for a circus.

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Also, we were excited at the prospect of being coached by some of the world’s finest dance tutors. A lot of the top European coaches chose to move to America. Even though everything had been going well for me in Moscow, it felt right that we should at least try to grab the opportunity to go to the States and start a new chapter. It seemed foolish to ignore the prospect of more stability, more money, more opportunities for top-quality coaching, and then there was the lure of the lifestyle. Since the Cold War, Russian propaganda had painted the US as somewhere that had fallen foul to all the worst excesses of 38 Pasha RHB Text_p001_256_Pasha RHB Text_p001_256 29/07/2013 12:42 Page 39 MY STORY capitalism.

It was a little handset, in the style of a very early Game Boy, with a slot where you could put tapes in the back to load the game. I would sometimes go to his house to have a play on it. It was lots of fun and a novelty for me after being used to playing in the woods with sticks and using my imagination. That was when my love affair with computer games began. It’s something I still like to do. When I went to boarding school, whose name was ‘Middle Boarding School Number One’ (all the schools were numbered in Russia at the time, rather than given names) my favourite teacher actually had a couple of computers in his classroom.

All the paperwork was there and, because my officer had acknowledged this, Anya’s had to do the same. A second later, Anya was having her papers stamped too, allowing her to accompany me to the States. A victory, I must tell you. So, we were on our way to a new land. Instincts had told me it was the right thing to move to the US, and now my American adventure was about to begin. It was November 2000, the day before Thanksgiving, when I finally set off for the USA. For some reason, all the way there I was terrified that I would be turned away from the country at the border.

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