Provence A-Z: A Francophile's Essential Handbook (Paperback)
The author of several books set in Provence, including the now-classic travel tome A Year in Provence and a more recent novel, A Good Year, Mayle has once again trapped the sunshine, the wind, and the very lavender-laden air of the southeastern French countryside.
About the Author
Peter Mayle worked in advertising until he decided to live where he most longed to, Provence, and try his hand at writing. With the success of his first book describing his new life, "A Year in Provence, "his life took a notable turn for the better. This is his eleventh book including five novels. Recently, he received the Legion d'Honneur from the French government for his cultural contributions. He has been living in Provence with his wife, Jennie, for 18 years now. "A Good Year, "Ridley Scott's film starring Russell Crowe based on Peter's novel of the same name, was out in 2006.
“Mayle's affection for lavender fields and languid lunched continues unabated-and so does his influence.”
“Mayle's magpie dictionary yields amusing facts . . . and useful information. . . . You'll soon succumb to his road-tested charm.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“Whether he's smacking his lips in gustatory contentment or mock exasperation, Mayle's affection runneth over. . . . If there is anything charmless or depressing in all of Provence, its secret is safe with him.”
—The Boston Globe
“After nearly two decades of writing about the character and the characters of Provence, Mayle's love for this rich and colorful region is undiminished.”
—The Christian Science Monitor