The first is Chris Stewart, with a series of four books, beginning with Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Andalucia (1999). After mixed fortunes in his UK working life (including a spell as the drummer in rock group Genesis) Stewart and his wife, Ana, buy a ramshackle farmhouse and farm in the remote Alpujarra region of Andalucia, Spain. He then simply tells how they establish a new way of life for themselves over twenty years or so, from before their daughter Chloë is born until she sets off for university. After Driving Over Lemons comes A Parrot in the Pepper Tree (2002), The Almond Blossom Appreciation Society (2006) and Last Days of the Bus Club (2014). The title Driving Over Lemons derives from a car journey that Stewart undertook with a Spanish estate agent to find a property. Seeing the road blocked by a huge pile of lemons shaken down from nearby trees, Stewart asks the agent what he should do. She tells him, “Drive over them.” Stewart’s written style is unpretentious but engaging. He has a sharp eye and ear but is never unkind, even when he has reason to be affronted. There is, admittedly, a certain sameness about the four books, so it is better to leave gaps between reading them, but it is a delightful sameness, especially on a dank Sunday afternoon in Settle.