Peter Mayle Books and Movies

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If you don't know Peter Mayle's books, you should read at least the first one, A Year in Provence. It was written when Mayle lived just outside Menerbes and is a warm and charming account of an English couple's first year living there and renovating their farmhouse. It also serves as a good guide to the Luberon's attractions, markets and restaurants. There are two sequels, Toujours Provence and Encore Provence.

 If you know A Year in Provence and its sequels, you may want to see the TV series made by the BBC in the early 1990s, starring John Thaw as Peter Mayle, and available on DVD.

A Year in Provence (DVD)


A Good Year
(the book)
 The one Peter Mayle book to make it to Hollywood is his novel A Good Year, which was made into a film by Ridley Scott, starring Russell Crowe as a city trader who inherits a winery in the Luberon - actually Chateau la Canorgue in Bonnieux. If you have been to the Luberon you will recognise many of the villages and locations where it was filmed, and if you have not been yet, it will make you want to come. 
A Good Year
(the movie)


Other books penned by Peter Mayle and set in Provence or France...

French Lessons
French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew: part travelogue, part celebration of French gastronomy. 

Hotel Pastis
Mayle's first novel is set in Provence and is the comic story of a bored ad exec who takes on a hotel in the Luberon - complications soon set in though... 

Provence A-Z
An anecdotal encyclopaedia with life in Provence as its theme, written with his customary humour, charm and whimsy.


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