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A Year in Provence (Paperback)
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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 01/06/2000
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The year began with lunch

So begins Peter Maye's iconic, much-loved account of 'a year in Provence, an irresistible feast of humour and discovered joys of French rural living. 

Peter Mayle and his wife did what most of us only imagine doing when they made their long-cherished dream of a life abroad a reality: throwing caution to the wind, they bought a glorious two hundred year-old farmhouse in the Luberon Valley and began a new life.

In a year that begins with a marathon lunch and continues with a host of gastronomic delights, they also survive the unexpected and often hilarious curiosities of rural life.

From mastering the local accent and enduring invasion by bumbling builders, to discovering the finer points of boules and goat-racing, all the earthy pleasures of Provencal life are conjured up in this enchanting portrait.

A British author who lived most of his life in his adopted home of southern France, Peter Mayle will always be best known to his readers for his timeless chronicle of an Englishman abroad, A Year in Provence. For many readers the wellspring of the idyll of the French escape, the book became one of the most successful travel books of all time, selling more than a million copies in the UK and 6 million internationally and spawning a new genre in travel writing. A true Francophile, Mayle continued to live and write about France until his death in 2018, in works including: Encore Provence, The Vintage Caper, Toujours Provence and A Good Year. Speaking to the Guardian Maye said of his adopted home, “It's not that I dislike England, just that I prefer France. As, I suspect, do many English people - if they're honest”.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780140296037
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 159 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 14 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

“Stylish, witty, delightfully readable.” - The Sunday Times

“Delightful.” - The Washington Post
 
“Get a glass of marc, lean back in your most comfortable chair, and spend a delicious year in Provence.” - George Lang
 
“Engaging, funny and richly appreciative.” - The New York Times Book Review
 
“I really loved this book.” - Julia Child

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“A Year in Provence”

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Paperback edition
26th September 2006
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“Insightful and fun”

This book gives you a lovely insight into a life in France. You do not necessary laugh with every chapter but the book is interesting and easy to read. I personally prefer this book to any other popular books recently... More

Paperback edition
2nd September 2010
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“Refreshing and upbeat”

This book has been like a rejuvenating holiday filled with sunshine. I was absolutely charmed and delighted by it. Witty, clever and really amusing; Peter Mayle brilliantly portrays an array of likeable characters... More

Paperback edition
4th April 2018
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