A Year in Provence, Paperback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Enjoy an irresistible feast of humour and discover the joys of French rural living with Peter Mayle's bestselling, much-loved account of "A Year In Provence".

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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Biography: general
  • ISBN: 9780140296037



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Is it Mayle we have to blame for the upsurge in recent years of people moving to France? It's possible that this book accounts for as many making the shift as a strong currency or a healthy economy ever could.The book is exactly what its title suggests it should be -the story of Mayle's first year living in Provence. I can't recall how he makes his money from all of this, but it proves a fascinating tale of an escape from the rat race; bucolic and enchanting enough to avoid sentimentality.

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How can you not love a book that begins, "The year began with lunch." Probably the most popular travelogue ever, A Year in Provence chronicles a year in the life of Peter Mayle, a former ad guy who left that behind to buy and live in a farmhouse in Provence. A wonderful portrayal of adjustment to new surroundings and appreciating people and lifestyles different from your own. Joie de vivre,

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