“Food for the soul.”
– Booksellers New Zealand
“A delightful journey of discovery.”
– The Dominion Post
“A heart-warming tale with many laughs and a few tears… written with wit and warmth.”
– Manawatu Standard
“I laughed out loud on the first page, and then got goosebumps a few pages after that… I was instantly engaged…”
– Delaney Mes, food blogger
“One of the most delightful books I have read for some time. As I turn the final page, I feel like I am close friends with the author… Wonderfully written…”
– NZ Lifestyle Farmer magazine
The book story
In 2009 I started a blog called ‘Moon Over Martinborough’ about my misadventures as an American city boy living on a tiny olive farm in rural New Zealand. The blog became surprisingly popular and led to the book, which was published by Random House New Zealand in 2013. It was on the NZ bestseller list for 6 weeks, rising to number 4. and was serialized by Radio NZ.
WordPress.com interviewed me just before and after the book came out:
- From Blog to Book: Moon over Martinborough
- Catching Up with WordPresser-Turned-Bestseller Jared Gulian
An international edition is coming out in March 2018 under the new title, ‘An Olive Grove at the Edge of the World.’ Read my blog post about how I tested the new title: ‘Moon’ goes international – under a new title.
Where to buy
The ebook is temporarily unavailable while I’m working on the international edition.
The NZ print edition is available at the locations listed below. It’s an illustrated first edition complete with 2 central glossy photo sections.
- Trade Me – If you’re in NZ, you can buy copies directly from me via Trade Me.
- Martinborough Wine Merchants – Order online or visit the shop in Martinborough. (They ship overseas.)
- Olivo – Copies are available in the tasting room. Their gorgeous grove makes an appearance in my book. I recommend taking the tour while you’re there!
“Fantastic! A great read! Hilarious! What else can be said about this book? It was just so refreshing to see farm life through the eyes of two Chicago city boys who learned to be olive farmers. .. Overall, the book is a great read and the drawings that accompany each chapter are superb. Jared often mentions a particular recipe for a special treat, such as carrot cake, and these have been included too. If you only read one book this year, this should be the one. Oamaru Mail” – Jacqui Webby, Oamaru Mail
“The specially commissioned line drawings are a lovely touch and I’m looking forward to the next wet weekend so I can try out a few of the recipes Jared swears by and which are nicely interspersed amongst the chapters as they appear in the story… it’s an endearing, funny and warmhearted read with plenty of close-to-home laughs and, for me, more than enough inspiration to be going along with. Waiheke Weekender” – Waiheke Weekender
“Very funny, very endearing… a comedy of small disasters and small triumphs… but also really beautifully written.” – Till Lloyd, Newstalk ZB Wellington