A Year in Provence Book
Score: 3.5
From 2,514 Ratings

A Year in Provence


  • Author : Peter Mayle
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2010-05-19
  • Genre: Travel
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307755490

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A Year in Provence Excerpt :

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • 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.

A Year in Provence Book
Score: 3.5
From 2,522 Ratings

A Year in Provence


  • Author : Peter Mayle
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 1991
  • Genre: Travel
  • Pages : 222
  • ISBN 10 : 0679731148

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A Year in Provence Excerpt :

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • 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.

My Twenty Five Years in Provence Book
Score: 3
From 3 Ratings

My Twenty Five Years in Provence


  • Author : Peter Mayle
  • Publisher : Appetite by Random House
  • Release Date : 2018-06-26
  • Genre: Travel
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9780525609964

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My Twenty Five Years in Provence Excerpt :

The beloved author Peter Mayle, champion of all things Provence, here in a final volume of all-new writing, offers vivid recollections from his twenty-five years in the South of France: lessons learned, culinary delights enjoyed, and changes observed. Twenty-five years ago, Peter Mayle and his wife, Jennie, were rained out of a planned two weeks on the Côte d'Azur. In search of sunlight, they set off for Aix-en-Provence; enchanted by the world and life they found there, they soon decided to uproot their lives in England and settle in Provence. They have never looked back. As Mayle tells us, a cup of café might now cost three euros--but that price still buys you a front-row seat to the charming and indelible parade of village life. After the coffee, you might drive to see a lavender field that has bloomed every year for centuries, or stroll through the ancient history that coexists alongside Marseille's metropolitan bustle. Modern life may have seeped into sleepy Provence, but its magic remains. With his signature warmth, wit, and humor--and twenty-five years of experience--Peter Mayle is a one-of-a-kind guide to the continuing appeal of Provence. This thoughtful, vivid exploration of life well-lived, à la Provence, will charm longtime fans and a new generation of readers alike.

Encore Provence Book
Score: 3.5
From 3 Ratings

Encore Provence


  • Author : Peter Mayle
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2013-07-03
  • Genre: Travel
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307522931

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Encore Provence Excerpt :

In his most delightful foray into the wonders of Provençal life, Peter Mayle returns to France and puts behind him cholesterol worries, shopping by phone, California wines, and other concerns that plagued him after too much time away. In Encore Provence, Mayle gives us a glimpse into the secrets of the truffle trade, a parfumerie lesson on the delicacies of scent, an exploration of the genetic effects of 2,000 years of foie gras, and a small-town murder mystery that reads like the best fiction. Here, too, are Mayle's latest tips on where to find the best honey, cheese, or chambre d'hìte the region has to offer. Lyric, insightful, sparkling with detail, Encore Provence brings us a land where the smell of thyme in the fields or the glory of a leisurely lunch is no less than inspiring.

A Year in Provence Toujours Provence Book

A Year in Provence Toujours Provence


  • Author : Peter Mayle
  • Publisher : Vintage Books
  • Release Date : 1993-10-01
  • Genre: Travel
  • Pages : 241
  • ISBN 10 : 0679749438

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A Year in Provence Toujours Provence Excerpt :

A boxed set containing Mayle's best-selling A Year in Provence and Toujours Provence offers a colorful study of the people, landscapes, and life-styles of Provence. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

Provence A Z Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

Provence A Z


  • Author : Peter Mayle
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2009-09-23
  • Genre: Travel
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307489852

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Provence A Z Excerpt :

The ultimate “dictionary” for lovers of Provence: Peter Mayle's personal selection of the foods, customs and words he finds most fascinating, curious, delicious, or just plain fun. Though organized from A to Z, this is hardly a conventional work of reference. In more than 170 entries, Peter Mayle—bestselling author of A Year in Provence—writes about subjects as wide-ranging as architecture and zingue-zingue-zoun (in the local patois, a word meant to describe the sound of a violin). And, of course, he writes about food and drink: vin rosé, truffles, olives, melons, bouillabaisse, the cheese that killed a Roman emperor, even a cure for indigestion. Provence A-Z is a delight for Peter Mayle's ever-growing audience and the perfect complement to any guidebook on Provence, or, for that matter, France.

The Vintage Caper Book
Score: 3
From 34 Ratings

The Vintage Caper


  • Author : Peter Mayle
  • Publisher : Knopf
  • Release Date : 2009
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 178
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307269010

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The Vintage Caper Excerpt :

When the exclusive wine collection of a rich Hollywood lawyer is stolen by a cultivated thief, former lawyer and connoisseur Sam Levitt follows leads from Bordeaux to Provence while receiving assistance from a beautiful French colleague. By the award-winning author of A Year in Provence.

A Good Year Book
Score: 3.5
From 12 Ratings

A Good Year


  • Author : Peter Mayle
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2005-06-14
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 306
  • ISBN 10 : 9780375705625

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A Good Year Excerpt :

A delightful, best-selling tale about the business and pleasure of wine, adapted into a Ridley Scott movie starring Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard. Max Skinner has recently lost his job at a London financial firm and just as recently learned that he has inherited his late uncle’s vineyard in Provence. On arrival he finds the climate delicious, the food even better, and two of the locals ravishing. Unfortunately, the wine produced on his new property is swill. Why then are so many people interested in it? Enter a beguiling Californian who knows more about wine than Max does—and may have a better claim to the estate. Fizzy with intrigue, bursting with local color and savor, A Good Year is Peter Mayle, beloved author of A Year in Provence, at his most entertaining.

Toujours Provence Book
Score: 3.5
From 7 Ratings

Toujours Provence


  • Author : Peter Mayle
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2013-07-03
  • Genre: Travel
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307791894

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Toujours Provence Excerpt :

NATIONAL BESTSELLER Taking up where his beloved A Year in Provence leaves off, Peter Mayle offers us another funny, beautifully (and deliciously) evocative book about life in Provence. With tales only one who lives there could know—of finding gold coins while digging in the garden, of indulging in sumptuous feasts at truck stops—and with characters introduced with great affection and wit—the gendarme fallen from grace, the summer visitors ever trying the patience of even the most genial Provençaux, the straightforward dog "Boy"—Toujours Provence is a heart-warming portrait of a place where, if you can't quite "get away from it all," you can surely have a very good time trying.

Chasing Cezanne Book
Score: 3.5
From 17 Ratings

Chasing Cezanne


  • Author : Peter Mayle
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2013-07-03
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307791962

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Chasing Cezanne Excerpt :

Hanky-panky on the international art scene is the source of the hilarity and fizz in Peter Mayle's new novel. He flies us back to the south of France (a region some readers of his irresistible best-sellers believe him to have invented), on a wild chase through galleries, homes of prominent collectors, and wickedly delectable restaurants. There are stopovers in the Bahamas and England, and in New York, where that glossiest of magazines, Decorating Quarterly, reflects the cutting-edge trendiness of its editor, Camilla Jameson Porter. (Camilla has recently broken new ground in the world of power lunches by booking two tables on the same day, and shuttling between them, at the city's trendiest restaurant.) It is Camilla who has sent our hero, Andre Kelly, to Cap Ferrat to take glamorous photo-graphs of the houses and treasures of the rich, famous, and fatuous. He happens to have his camera at the ready when he spots a Cézanne being loaded onto a plumber's truck near the home of an absent collector. Odd, thinks Andre. And in no time he's on the trail of a state-of-the-art art scam, chasing Cézanne. It's a joy to follow him and the crowds intent on speeding or foiling his quest--including a beautiful agent; a super-savvy art dealer attracted to the finer things in life, especially if they promise the payoff of a lifetime; an awesome Dutch forger; some outstandingly greedy New York sophisticates; and, invisible in the background, the parade of remarkable chefs whose mouthwatering culinary masterpieces periodically soothe the hero and tantalize the reader of Chasing Cézanne.

A Dog s Life Book
Score: 3.5
From 14 Ratings

A Dog s Life


  • Author : Peter Mayle
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2013-07-03
  • Genre: Travel
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307791924

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A Dog s Life Excerpt :

Once upon a time in Provence, Peter Mayle adopted a dog of uncertain origins and dubious hunting skills and gave him a name—Boy. Now he gives this canny canine a voice in an irresistible “memoir” that proves that the best vantage point for observing life may well be on all fours. As Boy recounts his progress from an overcrowded maternal bosom to unchallenged mastery of the Mayle household, he tells us why dogs are drawn to humans (“our most convenient support system”) and chickens (“that happy combination of sport and nourishment”). We share in his amorous dalliances, his run-ins with French plumbers and cats, and in the tidbits (both conversational and edible) of his owners’ dinner parties. Enhanced by fifty-nine splendidly whimsical drawings by Edward Koren, A Dog’s Life gives us all the delights we expect from any book by Peter Mayle—pedigree prose, biting wit, and a keen nose for the fragrance of civilization—together with the insouciant wisdom of which only a dog (and probably only Peter Mayle’s dog) is capable.

Anything Considered Book
Score: 3.5
From 6 Ratings

Anything Considered


  • Author : Peter Mayle
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2013-07-03
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307791931

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Anything Considered Excerpt :

Bennett is an English expatriate living in France with a champagne taste and a beer bankroll. Happy-go-lucky and a bit roguish, he places an ad in the International Herald Tribune offering his services -- any services. He pursues a response from a wealthy Englishman named Julian Poe who has developed a means of producing truffles and is close to cornering the immensely lucrative truffle market. Bennett signs on and finds himself in Monaco, where he is able to live in a style to which he has always wished to become accustomed (including eating to his heart's content -- a Mayle trademark!). Soon the Sicilian and Corsican Mafiosi intrude and Bennett is joined by the beautiful and experienced (in all ways) Anna. Ham-fisted goons, gendarmes working at cross purposes, French village busybodies, and an order of monks dedicated to the god Bacchus all play a role in the surprising, and more than a little satisfying, denouement.

The Corsican Caper Book
Score: 3
From 3 Ratings

The Corsican Caper


  • Author : Peter Mayle
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2015-04-28
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 178
  • ISBN 10 : 9780345804563

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The Corsican Caper Excerpt :

When billionaire Francis Reboul finds himself on the wrong side of a Russian tycoon, he’s fortunate to have vacationing friends Sam Levitt and Elena Morales on hand to help him out. Now it’s up to Sam—who’s saved Reboul’s neck before—to negotiate with an underworld of mercenaries, hit men, and Mafioso, to prevent his friend from becoming a victim of “Russian diplomacy.” As usual, Sam and Elena still find time to enjoy the good life, but as Sam’s sleuthing draws him closer to the truth, he realizes Reboul might not be the only one in trouble. Rich with clever twists, sparkling scenery, and mouthwatering gustatory interludes as only Peter Mayle can write them, The Corsican Caper is an adventure par excellence.

Olive Farm Book
Score: 4
From 10 Ratings

Olive Farm


  • Author : Carol Drinkwater
  • Publisher : Abrams
  • Release Date : 2001-04-23
  • Genre: Travel
  • Pages : 295
  • ISBN 10 : 9781468308709

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Olive Farm Excerpt :

After all, they are newlyweds of limited means, and Carol is still adjusting to her role as stepmother to Michel’s two daughters. But the splendor of the region becomes a force they are unable to resist. Michel presents their life savings to the real estate broker as a down payment for the farm, embarking the family on an adventure that will bring them in close contact with the charming countryside, querulous personalities, petty bureaucracies, and extraordinary wildlife (including a ravenous wild boar) of Provence. In the spirit of Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence and Frances Mayes’s Under the Tuscan Sun, The Olive Farm is a splendid tour of southern France, from the glamour of Cannes to the Iles de Lérins and a Cistercian monastery on the tiny isle of St. Honorat, to Carol Drinkwater’s own small piece of land, which she transforms from an overgrown plot of weeds and ivy to a thriving, productive farm, transforming in the process her own dream of a peaceful and meaningful life into reality.

The Diamond Caper Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

The Diamond Caper


  • Author : Peter Mayle
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2016-07-26
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 226
  • ISBN 10 : 9780804173193

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The Diamond Caper Excerpt :

When a Riviera socialite’s diamonds are stolen—the latest in a string of seemingly unconnected but increasingly audacious jewelry heists across France—Peter Mayle’s bon vivant and master sleuth, Sam Levitt, and his partner, Elena Morales, are soon on the case. In these “perfect crimes,” Sam sees the hand of a master criminal, but as he and Elena dig deeper, they begin to realize just how dangerous it may be to pursue the truth. In the midst of all the excitement, there’s a house to renovate, rosé to share, and feasts of the Provençal summer bounty to enjoy—giving The Diamond Caper all the hallmarks of another delightfully sun-splashed Peter Mayle adventure.