A Year in Provence
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A Year in Provence


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.

Title:A Year in Provence
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:207 pages

    A Year in Provence Reviews

  • Jen
    Jan 13, 2009

    Hmmm...okay. I learned that:1. With enough money you can relocate to Provence and buy a 200 year old farmhouse with mossy swimming pool, problematic pipes, and a wine cave backing up to the Luberon mo...

  • Noel
    Feb 01, 2011

    I read a couple of reviews on goodreads for this book and had to laugh at some of those who felt the book was whiney and written by a rich guy who could afford a super farmhouse with a pool no less! O...

  • Margitte
    Nov 06, 2015

    The next best thing to living in France, is to read this book. Loved it!It is the first book in this genre which provided a complete picture of life in a rural French town by two Brits moving there. ...

  • Leftbanker
    Sep 30, 2007

    It’s sad to think that there are probably dozens of great books about people who have moved to France that were rejected by publishers so they could take this book, which is completely devoid of ins...

  •  Lisa A. ?
    Apr 29, 2016

    Coming across A Year in Provence while searching for books through the library, was one of those serendipitous events that I can only chalk up to literary karma. The book was available, somehow I came...

  • David
    May 09, 2011

    I've read quite a few negative reviews of this book, many of them focusing on the author's presumption in being able to afford a home in Provence and the reviewers' consequent inability to "relate" to...

  • Dave
    Oct 01, 2007

    This is a fun book that is literally about the first year Mayle spent in his new home in Provence. The chapters are divided into months, so a reader gets to enjoy with Mayle the seasonal changes of th...

  • Hannah
    May 21, 2016

    4 Stars - Fantastic book, would absolutely recommend it.There's really nothing I don't like about this book. It's short, easy to read, and such fun. Peter Mayle, the author, writes in a charming book ...

  • Kara
    May 22, 2017

    "A Year in Provence” is not lesfic, nor is it a new book. Thirty years ago it kicked off a new type of travel book that showed the reader what it would be like to live in an area, not just visit it....

  • Christine
    Sep 26, 2007

    I found this book walking to the B train this morning. Someone had gotten rid of it. Don't judge me to harshly for my foray into escapism, it makes the morning commute go fast. 1 week or so later... S...