Peter Mayle





Peter Mayle


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June 14, 1939

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Peter Mayle (born June 14, 1939 in Brighton) is a British author famous for his series of books detailing life in Provence, France. He spent fifteen years in advertising before leaving the business in 1975 to write educational books, including a series on sex education for children and young people. In 1989, A Year in Provence was published and became an international bestseller. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages, and he is a contributing writer to magazines and newspapers. Indeed, his seventh book A Year in Provence, chronicles a year in the life of a British expatriate who settled in the village of Ménerbes. His book A Good Year was the basis for the eponymous 2006 film directed by Ridley Scott and starring ac ...more

Average rating: 3.85 · 101,458 ratings · 5,623 reviews · 59 distinct works · Similar authors
A Year in Provence

3.93 avg rating — 42,589 ratings — published 1989 — 65 editions
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Toujours Provence

3.97 avg rating — 19,114 ratings — published 1991 — 34 editions
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Encore Provence: New Advent...

3.96 avg rating — 8,008 ratings — published 1992 — 30 editions
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French Lessons: Adventures ...

3.88 avg rating — 7,368 ratings — published 2001 — 37 editions
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A Good Year

3.58 avg rating — 5,226 ratings — published 2004 — 43 editions
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Hotel Pastis: A Novel of Pr...

3.67 avg rating — 3,658 ratings — published 1993 — 27 editions
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Chasing Cezanne

3.48 avg rating — 2,585 ratings — published 1991 — 31 editions
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The Vintage Caper

3.28 avg rating — 2,959 ratings — published 2009 — 29 editions
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A Dog's Life

3.80 avg rating — 2,139 ratings — published 1995 — 27 editions
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Anything Considered

3.65 avg rating — 1,740 ratings — published 1991 — 24 editions
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“Why not make a daily pleasure out a daily necessity.”
Peter Mayle

“Best advice I've ever received: Finish.”
Peter Mayle

“It was a meal that we shall never forget; more accurately, it was several meals that we shall never forget, because it went beyond the gastronomic frontiers of anything we had ever experienced, both in quantity and length. It started with homemade pizza - not one, but three: anchovy, mushroom, and cheese, and it was obligatory to have a slice of each. Plates were then wiped with pieces torn from the two-foot loaves in the middle of the table, and the next course came out. There were pates of rabbit, boar, and thrush. There was a chunky, pork-based terrine laced with marc. There were saucissons spotted with peppercorns. There were tiny sweet onions marinated in a fresh tomato sauce. Plates were wiped once more and duck was brought in... We had entire breasts, entire legs, covered in a dark, savory gravy and surrounded by wild mushrooms.

We sat back, thankful that we had been able to finish, and watched with something close to panic as plates were wiped yet again and a huge, steaming casserole was placed on the table. This was the specialty of Madame our hostess - a rabbit civet of the richest, deepest brown - and our feeble requests for small portions were smilingly ignored. We ate it. We ate the green salad with knuckles of bread fried in garlic and olive oil, we ate the plump round crottins of goat's cheese, we ate the almond and cream gateau that the daughter of the house had prepared. That night, we ate for England.”
Peter Mayle, A Year in Provence

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