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Peter Mayle

Peter MaylePeter Mayle spent 15 years in advertising working his way up to executive level, before leaving in 1975 to write educational books for children. In 1990 he published A Year in Provence, which became an international bestseller.

He continued writing about his time in the Provence and authored another two books to complete a must read trilogy. His books celebrate life in the South of France, where he and his wife and their dogs live. 
  


The Trilogy

A Year in Provence

A Year in Provence
Peter Mayle (1990)

Peter Mayle and his wife dreamt of having a life in Provence. They moved into an old farmhouse at the foot of the Luberon Mountanins between Avignon and Aix. This was the beginning of their year in Provence.

In his account of this year he describes everything in a very humorous way from the local cuisine, working with french building contractors to enduring a cold winter. This book is the first in the series which is followed by Toujours Provence then Encore Provence.
 

Toujours Provence

Toujours Provence
Peter Mayle (1991)

Following on from his first book, A Year in Provence, Peter Mayle wrote this funny and beautiful sequel about life in Provence. A year may have passed but the dream lives on.

In this book he is much more intimate with his french surroundings from their old stone farmhouse in the Luberon and shares many other experiences such as his time at the Cannes film festival.
 

Encore Provence

Encore Provence
Peter Mayle (1999)

This book complete's Peter Mayle's trilogy about Provence following  Toujours Provence and A Year in Provence. This back is every bit as good as the first two.

Peter and his wife returned to Provence after an absence of four years but they didn't forget 'the smell of thyme in the fields' or 'the swirl and jostle of Sunday-morning markets' while they was away.

In this book he renews his acquaintance with the land he loves.


Hotel Pastis

Hotel Pastis
Peter Mayle (1993)

This novel is about an advertising executive who gives it all up to open a hotel in the south of France where not everyone is happy that he is doing this.

It has a similar theme to many of his other novels and indeed Peter Mayle's own life story. The book is funny and has a bit of intrigue, crime and romance.


A Dog's Life

A Dog's Life
Peter Mayle (1995)

Instead of directly recounting his experiences again as in his Year in Provence trilogy, Peter Mayle writes this book about the French countryside from the perspective of his dog 'Boy'.

This reflection of humans and life in general also provides a different and interesting perspective the Provence lifestyle.


Anything Considered

Anything Considered
Peter Mayle (1996)

Anything Considered is another one of Peter Mayle's fictional books set in the south of France. It is a thriller based on a down and out fellow named Bennett who meets up with a millionaire who gets him to mind his flat in Monaco but all is not as it seems and he discovers many things about the rich French villa owner when a mystery delivery goes astray.

The books is just as entertaining as Peter Mayle's other novels.


Chasing Cezanne

Chasing Cezanne
Peter Mayle (1997)

Chasing Cezanne, which travels between Paris, Provence, and New York, is a fun romp with photographers, magazine executives, art experts, thieves and forgerers, friends and lovers and as usual Peter Mayle has included plenty of French food and wine.


Bon Appetit

Bon Appetit
Peter Mayle (2001)

The early part of Peter Mayle's life was spent in England but a business trip to Paris at nineteen began his enduring fascination with the French and their love affair with food and wine.

In Bon Appetit, he brings to life all the charm and taste of France's culinary calendar: its fairs, festivals and traditions. He is as always warm and witty and his descritions make your mouth water.


A Good Year

A Good Year
Peter Mayle (2004)

After writing the Year in Provence trilogy about his experiences in the region, Peter Mayle began to write fictional books based in the region.

Max Skinner is not setting London's financial world on fire so he decides it’s time to inspect the vineyard in Provence that his recently departed uncle left him. He is happily distracted on his arrival by the landscape, the weather and the food as well as the good looking notaire handling the estate and owner of the local bistro. However, the reality is that the wine produced by his uncle's property is terrible. But then why, Max has to wonder, is his caretaker so anxious to acquire the land? When a beautiful young woman from California arrives with what might be a legitimate claim on the estate and knowledge of vineyards that far outstrips Max’s own, the plot becomes more interesting.

This book describes the wonders of Provence in just as sensual a way as in his previous books and tells a fascinating story about the wine trade. It was made into a movie staring Russell Crowe and seen at one of our movie nights.


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