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A Year in Provence

By Peter Mayle

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Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 June 2000
Peter Mayle and his wife did what most of us only image doing when they made their long-cherished dream of a life abroad a reality: throwing caution to the wind, they bought a glorious 200-year-old farmhouse in the Luberon and began a new life. In a year that begins with a marathon lunch and continues with a host of gastronomique delights, they also survive the unexpected and often hilarious curiosities of rural life. From mastering the local accent and enduring invasion by bumbling builders, to discovering the finer points of boules and goat-racing, all the earthly pleasures of provencal life are conjured up in this portrait.

About the Author

Peter Mayle's work has been translated into twenty two languages. His previous books include A Year in Provence, Toujours Provence and his recent novels Anything Considered and Chasing Cezanne, available from Penguin.

EAN: 9780140296037
ISBN: 0140296034
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Dimensions: 20 x 13.3 x 1.5 centimetres (0.10 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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This book is an absolute gem! Who could resist a book that opens "The year began with lunch." ?
This type of autobiographical works is rarely done well, but when, like this one, it does work, you have a friend on your book shelf for life. It achieves exactly the right note of humour, both at the author's expense, and the expense of those around him.
So if you like hearing about good food, and other people's domestic frustrations, read, enjoy and grow envious.
If you don't (like the friend who gave this book to me to try, on the grounds that she found as dull as ****) try something different.

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