Snowball Oranges

One Mallorcan Winter

  • Imprint: Summersdale
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Price: £9.99
  • Publication date: 13 April 2017
  • ISBN: 9781786850423

About the book

I could hardly believe my eyes. A cold mantle of white was rapidly transforming our sunny paradise into a bizarre winterscape of citrus Christmas trees, cotton wool palms and snowball oranges.

When the Kerr family leave Scotland to grow oranges in a secluded valley on the island of Mallorca they are surprised to be greeted by the same freezing weather they have left behind. Then they realise that their new orange farm is a bit of a lemon…

Laughter, finds Peter Kerr, is the best medicine when faced with a local dish of rats and the live-chicken-down-a-chimney technique of household maintenance. But their Mallorcan neighbours help them adapt to their new life. Snowball Oranges is hilarious and revealing, full of life and colour, set against the breathtaking beauty of the Mediterranean.

About the author

Peter Kerr, the best-selling Scottish author, was born in Lossiemouth, Morayshire, in 1940,a nd now lives in East Lothian. His award-winning 'Snowball Oranges' series of five Mallorcan-based books have sold in large numbers worldwide and have been translated into twelve languages. They recount the often hilarious adventures experienced by Peter and his family while running a small orange farm on the Spanish island during the 1980s.


'… hilarious, full of life and colour.'

The Bolton Evening News

'delightful... hilarious and revealing. Full of life and colour... and is entertaining for everyone... witty... packed with funny stories.'


'As bright in tone as the primary colours of its new cover... the book is rich on atmospheric detail.'

'Peter's fruity tale still has plenty of juice left!... a hilarious personal account.'

East Lothian Courier

‘An affectionate and amusing tale on Majorca and its inhabitants’

Sunday Express

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle was one of the great hits of travel writing – and now there could well be another, this time with a rich and tasty Spanish flavour’

The Scots Magazine

‘Beautifully written and amusing . . . a comparison with A Year in Provence cannot be avoided and Snowball Oranges should with justification be equally well received’

‘Immensely engaging and amusing’

Alternative Mallorca

‘It’s a really funny read and had me laughing out loud on my journey to work’

Family Circle

‘Peter Kerr writes with a combination of nice observation and gentle humour’

The Sunday Times

‘This should do for Spain what A Year in Provence did for France’

The Sunday Post Magazine