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Publisher's Summary

The beloved author Peter Mayle, champion of all things Provence, here in a final volume of all new writing, offers vivid recollections from his 25 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 25 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 listeners alike.

©2018 Peter Mayle (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Fans of Mayle (who died in January) will be delighted by this final book from Provence’s most impassioned booster.... Composed in a uniformly bright and jocular voice, this is a breezy valedictory note for a much admired writer." (Publishers Weekly)

"[Mayle’s] keen eye and wit are much on display in this all-new collection of writings on his times in the south of France.” (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

"A bittersweet pleasure... While Mayle can pen a mouthwatering description of bouillabaisse, what has always drawn his readers to his writing are his loving portraits of people, community and the Provencal way of life." (Carla Jean Whitley, BookPage)

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The narrator ruins it for me.

As with all of Peter Mayle’s Provence-centric books, I loved reading/hearing about his take on life in that lovely area of the world..& always find myself hungry & thirsty while in the process. 😄 These books have all entered into my “comfort read” category, & I can - & do - read them over & over, without any loss of enjoyment. I believe this one, though not quite reaching the level of perfection that “A Year In Provence” did, will still be a book I will enjoy reading again. Reading. NOT listening to. His almost South-Scottish accent (doubly bizarre since he was born in Birmingham from Irish ancestry) is decidedly not the one I would choose to read an autobiographical book by a man born in the south of England, raised partly in Barbados, & who then spent a lot of time in London. Even getting beyond the very wrong accent, the strange tempo/pattern of speech spoken in a very forceful manner (as if he’s a lecturer who believes every sentence he speaks is equally as important as the ones that came before - You. Must. Pay. Attention. Here.) is...boring! I would have to switch to other books every 45 min. or so while trying To plow through this one, as my ears needed a rest, and my brain just couldn’t take the same Level of portentousness for each sentence. The near raider sounds gross portentous and pretentious, all at the same time.

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Delightful as always

Peter Mayle’s way of spinning a tale brings the reader into his world in a delightful entertaining manner. I’ve enjoyed all the books he has written about his life in Provence. I was extremely saddened to hear of his passing.

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Classic Mayle

So sad to know that this will be Peter Mayle's final love letter to Provence. Godspeed Mr. Mayle.

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Wonderful visit to France with out leaving home<br />

By an adopted "son" who embrace the quirks with love and joy. A summer favorite.