Chris Stewart (author)

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Christopher Stewart (born 1951)[1] was the original drummer and a founding member of Genesis. He is now a farmer and an author.

Background and musical career[edit]

A classmate of Tony Banks and Peter Gabriel at Charterhouse School in Surrey, Stewart joined them in a school band called the Garden Wall, and they later formed another band with schoolmates Mike Rutherford and Anthony Phillips, called Anon. This band eventually became Genesis in January 1967. Stewart appears on the band's first two singles, "The Silent Sun"/"That's Me" and "A Winter's Tale"/"One-Eyed Hound." Although several demos from Stewart's time with Genesis appear on the Genesis Archive 1967-75 box set, he is not credited with playing on any of them.

Farmer and author[edit]

At the recommendation of Jonathan King, Stewart was asked to leave the band in the summer of 1968 due to poor technique and he was replaced by John Silver. After travelling and working throughout Europe, Stewart settled and bought a farm named El Valero in the Alpujarras region of Andalucia, where he lives and works with his wife Ana Exton and daughter Chloë. He came in last place for the position of local councillor in the 27 May 2007 local elections in Órgiva representing the Green Party,[2] where he received 201 votes (roughly 8%).

He is now better known for his autobiographical books, Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Andalucia (1999, ISBN 0-9535227-0-9) and the sequels, A Parrot In The Pepper Tree (ISBN 0-9535227-5-X) and The Almond Blossom Appreciation Society (2006, ISBN 0-9548995-0-4), about his work farming in Spain. All three are also available as audiobooks (Lemons ISBN 0-14-180143-3, Parrot ISBN 0-14-180402-5, and Almond ISBN 0-7528-8597-9), narrated by Stewart.

Stewart's publisher, Sort of Books, announced plans to release yet another Stewart memoir in 2009, this one focused on sailing, entitled Three Ways to Capsize a Boat: An Optimist Afloat.[3] This was fulfilled as ISBN 978-0956003812.[4]

In 2014 Sort Of Books published a further book of stories, Last Days of the Bus Club (4 June 2014, ISBN 978-1-908745-43-9), which focuses on his daughter's going to university, and his and Ana's subsequent life alone on the farm.[5]

Stewart has also contributed to two books in the Rough Guides series: the Rough Guide to Andalucia and the Rough Guide to China.


  1. ^ Author's website
  2. ^ Elecciones 27M |
  3. ^ "Lemon prequel for Sort of Books", The Bookseller, 9 January 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2009.
  4. ^ Three Ways to Capsize a Boat, Sort of Books. Retrieved 02 September 2014.
  5. ^ Last Days of the Bus Club, Sort of Books. Retrieved 02 September 2014.

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