A Year in Provence
By Peter Mayle
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780679731146, 224pp.)
Publication Date: June 4, 1991
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In this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a long-cherished dream and actually move into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the remote country of the Lubéron with his wife and two large dogs. He endures January's frosty mistral as it comes howling down the Rhône Valley, discovers the secrets of goat racing through the middle of town, and delights in the glorious regional cuisine. A Year in Provence transports us into all the earthy pleasures of Provençal life and lets us live vicariously at a tempo governed by seasons, not by days.
Peter Mayle spent fifteen years in the advertising business, first as a copywriter and then as a reluctant executive, before escaping Madison Avenue in 1975 to write books. His work has been translated into seventeen languages, and he has contributed to the London Sunday Times, the Financial Times, and the Independent, as well as Gentlemen's Quarterly and Esquire. A Year in Provence won the British Book Awards "Best Travel Book of the Year." Peter Mayle and his wife live in Provence.
"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
"Stylish, witty, delightfully readable." —The Sunday Times (London)
"Fascinating." —Christian Science Monitor
"I really loved this book." —Julia Child