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The Ripening Sun by Patricia Atkinson
  

The Ripening Sun

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A triumph over adversity tale of an idyllic life growing grapes in France going terribly, terribly wrong. The author is left to cope with total disaster and my goodness she does … What a woman.

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The Ripening Sun by Patricia Atkinson

For most people giving up the day job and moving to a beautiful area of France and living off the vines is an impossible but delicious dream. In 1990, Patricia Atkinson and her husband decided to sell up in Britain and emigrate to the Dordogne. Their idea was to buy a house with a few vines attached and employ someone to tend to the wine while they earned their living with some financial consultancy work. There followed a series of disasters: the stock market crashed leaving their small holding as their sole source of income; the first red wine harvest turned to vinegar; and Patricia's husband returned to Britain, unable to cope with the stress and never returned. Patricia Atkinson, whose only knowledge of wine up to that moment was 'that it came from a bottle' and who had not a word of French, was left to salvage their life savings form the vineyards.

What follows is a remarkable story of struggle and transformation whereby her tiny 4 hectare plot has become a major estate of 21 hectares, where her Clos d'Yvigne wines have won awards and been adopted by wine merchants throughout the world and where she has been hailed as a superstar by UK wine writers.


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About the Author

Patricia Atkinson has already been the subject of a Channel 4 documentary and there is further TV interest in bringing her life up to date. She has featured in interviews in The Times, The Observer and the Evening Standard, and on Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time.

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Publication date

3rd June 2004

Author

Patricia Atkinson

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Publisher

Arrow

Format

Paperback
336 pages

Categories

Travel
The Real World
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Travel writing

Biography: general

ISBN

9780099443162

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