Provence Literary Books

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Ford Madox Ford spent his last years near Toulon. In "Provence" (1935), he explores both the place and the idea of it: 'not a country nor the home of a race, but a frame of mind'.


Caesar's Vast Ghost

The author Lawrence Durrell lived in Provence for 30 years, his last book is a homage to the land he loved: part travelogue, part writer's notebook, part autobiography.


Luminous Debris

An exploration of the landscapes of Provence and the Languedoc, focusing on a particular place or artifact and musing on the meaning of things. Not for the faint-hearted.

The Fly-Truffler

Most unusual story of a truffle-loving linguist's romance with the spirit of his dead wife. Lyrical, poetic, and evocative of the Luberon landscapes it is set in. The author lived here for many years.

Seeking Provence

Unearthing a Provence beyond the idea of a holiday home for the summer, this book explores the cultural idiosyncrasies and deeply anchored heritage of this Mediterranean land. It reflects on a way of life that is still worth living today.

Old Provence

First published in 1905, Old Provence provides a remarkable insight not only into the area's history and architecture, but also its literary and cultural significance, from the ancients to the turbulent middle ages.

Provence: A Cultural History

Through its architecture, literature, and popular culture, this book analyzes and celebrates the identity of a region famous for its pastis and pétanque.

Two Towns in Provence

Two Towns in Provence brings together M.F.K. Fisher's unforgettable portraits of Aix-en-Provence and Marseille, which she describes as "my picture, my map, of a place and therefore of myself."
  Books by people who moved to Provence (and are not Peter Mayle) 

Perfume from Provence
Charming account of an English couple's life in a Provence village, filled with sights and scents, builders, village fetes, quirky locals - like Peter Mayle but from the 1930s.


Village in the Vaucluse
In the 1950s the author lived for a year in the then-isolated village of Roussillon in the Luberon. It's a sociological study of life in provincial France but full of interesting anecdotes.

A Farmhouse in Provence
What happens when a Vogue travel editor marries a Frenchman and buys a ruined farmhouse and vineyard near Avignon? Pretty much this...

Luberon Garden
A British landscape gardener recounts anecdotes of life in the Luberon through the prism of garden projects and clients, as well as the landscaping of his own garden near Lacoste.

Provence je t'aime

The adventures of an American couple who buy a house in Provence and exchange their hectic, urban existence for a tranquil, rural lifestyle, focusing on the food, the wine and the ambiance of life among the vineyards.
Ten Years in Provence
The twist here is that this couple moved to a city rather than the countryside, this is an account of more than a decade in Aix-en-Provence, living as the locals do.
Love in Provence
What happens when you chaperone 50 red-blooded American college students for a year to a study abroad program in Aix-en-Provence, and fall in love yourself.


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