Peter Mayle is the author of A YEAR IN PROVENCE (winner of the Thomas Cook award), TOUJOURS PROVENCE and several novels (HOTEL PASTIS, ANYTHING CONSIDERED and CHASING CEZANNE, all published by Penguin. He lives in Provence.
An amusing account of an English couple's first year as residents of rural Provence, from the unpleasantness of the winter mistral to the transgressions of summer tourists. Since the old farmhouse they purchased needed repairs, they were immediately beset with problems in dealing with the foibles of local craftspeople and officialdom, not to mention the neighbors--human and animal. Nowhere in France is the consumption of food and drink taken more seriously, and food preparation, dining, and wining anecdotes are prominent in virtually every chapter. A Francophile's delight, this is a highly entertaining book which also teaches a lesson in social life and customs. Recommended for most collections. Mayle is the author of such popular books for children as Where Did I Come From and What's Happening to Me. --Ed.-- Sondra Brunhumer, Western Michigan Univ. Libs., Kalamazoo
An account of the author's first frustrating but enlightening year in Provence opens with a memorable New Year's lunch and closes with an impromptu Christmas dinner. ``In nimble prose, Mayle . . . captures the humorous aspects of visits to markets, vineyards and goat races, and hunting for mushrooms,'' said PW. Author tour. Illustrated. (May)