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    DescriptionEnjoy an irresistible feast of humour and discover the joys of French rural living with Peter Mayle's bestselling, much-loved account of "A Year In Provence". Peter Mayle and his wife did what most of us only imagine doing when they made their long-cherished dream of a life abroad a reality: throwing caution to the wind, they bought a glorious two hundred year-old farmhouse in the Luberon Valley and began a new life. In a year that begins with a marathon lunch and continues with a host of gastronomic 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 earthy pleasures of Provencal life are conjured up in this enchanting portrait.


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    Title
    A Year in Provence
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peter Mayle, Illustrated by Judith Clancy
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 100 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780140296037
    ISBN 10: 0140296034
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: TRV
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.5
    BIC subject category V2: BG
    Libri: ENGL3010, ENGM1010
    BIC subject category V2: WTL
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS013000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET050
    Ingram Theme: CULT/FRANCE
    DC21: 944.90838
    Libri: PROV1593
    DC22: 944.08
    Thema V1.0: DNB, WTL
    Edition statement
    Neuausg.
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication date
    07 March 2002
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    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.
    Review text
    A lively month-by-month account of a British expatriate's first year in the Provencal region of southern France. When Mayle (a GQ columnist) and his wife decided to move into a 200-year-old farmhouse in the Vaucluse, they entered a world as different from London as sunshine is from rain. Entertaining visits from a plumber with a theory about everything (e.g., why "Mozart would have made a formidable electrician"), inventing methods for luring elusive masons back to work (the most successful ploy: invite them and their more-conscientious wives to a champagne party), and attending a foul-smelling midsummer goat-race (as explained by an experienced bettor, "An empty goat is faster then a full goat") are just some of the diversions that became commonplace to their lives. In addition to local color, Mayle re-creates the Provencal countryside - as well as describes meal after mouthwatering meal - with a flair for seductive detail that never becomes offensively florid. And a keen eye for the eccentric - along with a good-humored ability to offer his own gaffes for entertainment - counterbalances a slightly less appealing tendency to refer to "peasants" and scoff at other less-genteel visitors to the region. Funny, evocative, and perceptive - Mayle's first book is a delight. (Kirkus Reviews)