Witty and talented writer Peter Mayle passed away in 2018. But his mark will live on in all those who have grown to love Provence as he did during his 25 years living there.
I picked up the book A Year In Provence at a lending library in one of the Airbnb’s we stayed at in Spain. I don’t know why I had never read this book. I loved it. So humorous and insightful to the trials and triumphs of Mayle and his wife who left behind cold and rainy England for their new life in Provence.
Certainly Mayle’s best seller changed both him and his beloved Provence. And certainly he had moments of regret about that. But after twenty-five years he realized he had more story to tell and thus a second book My Twenty-Five Years in Provence: Reflections on Then and Now. The second book is just as witty and fun with a bit of nostalgia thrown in as Mayle reflects on his life and love of this unique, beautiful, delicious part of France – home to an eccentric and lovable collection of patriotic Provencals.
Both books are short and easy to read and I really encourage reading them sequentially. It will make you want to spend a few month in Provence – or perhaps the rest of your life.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Four stars for Mayle’s A Year in Provence and My Twenty-Five Years in Provence: Reflections on Then and Now
Read last week’s review of Freeman by Leonard Pitts Jr.