A Year in Provence

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A Year in Provence is a 1989 best-selling autobiographical novel by Peter Mayle about his first year in Provence, and the local events and customs. It was adapted into a television mini-series starring John Thaw and Lindsay Duncan. Reviewers praised the book's honest style, wit[1] and its refreshing humour.[2] The book was turned into an equally popular radio version.


Peter Mayle and his wife move to Provence, and are soon met with unexpectedly fierce weather, underground truffle dealers and unruly workers, who work around their normalement schedule.


A Year in Provence DVD cover.

In 1993, the BBC produced a television mini-series based on the book, starring Lindsay Duncan and John Thaw, with appearances from Alfred Molina and James Fleet amongst others. Unlike the book, the miniseries was not well received by critics; A Year in Provence was later placed at number ten on a Radio Times list of the worst television programs ever made [3] [4] with the writer, John Naughton, describing it as the ""smugathon" series A Year In Provence " and stated it "achieved the near impossible - creating a John Thaw vehicle nobody liked".[4]

See also[edit]

The non-fiction sequels to this book by Peter Mayle are:

  • Toujours Provence 1991
  • Encore Provence 1999
  • French Lessons 2001

See also (a movie based on this novel and a fiction novel Chasing Cezanne also by Peter Mayle):


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