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A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

"A Year in Provence" is a book that many people read when it first came out in 1989. It was a great success. So much so that a TV mini-series was created starring John Thaw and Lyndsay Duncan in 1993.

A whole new generation has grown up since then and it seems a pity for the younger readers not to be alerted to this little gem.

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A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

Postcard Plot: A man and his wife eat and drink a lot in the South of France.

Beverage: Pastis. An authentic Provencal aperitif. Puts you in the mood and makes you feel part of the scene.

Vehicle: A rusty but reliable old tractor. Not at all sophisticated, but it's served you well and has become part of the family.

Holiday you would read it on: Anywhere except a city where you would pine for the open spaces and fresh air of Provence.

Mood do you need to be in to read it: Overwhelmed, stressed, caught between a red and blue wire with a pair of blunt nail clippers, tasked with preventing nuclear destruction by cutting the right colour.

Mood by the end: Morphing into the armchair you are sitting in, ambivalent to the announcement that a zombie apocalypse is imminent.

Title rating: 10/10 It does what it says on the tin.

Digestibility: A platter of charcuterie and fromage, with a crisp homegrown salad. Again, you yearn to be part of this culture.

Page turnability: 10/10

Quote: “The wearing of socks was a distant memory. My watch stayed in a drawer, and I found that I could more or less tell the time by the position of the shadows in the courtyard, although I seldom knew what the date was."


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