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Books Set in Provence

Provence is a rich environment for writers. Peter Mayle sparked a trend for books about Provence, but it’s fun to read fiction set locally. Mary Lou Longworth has penned a series of crime novels based in and around Aix. Starting with ‘Death at the Chateau Bremont’, she Explore this post.

Books Set in Provence

For many, Peter Mayle’s best-selling novel A Year in Provence was their introduction to the Provencal countryside. Images of the Côte d’Azur have long covered the pages of travel magazines. Still, it was Mayle’s descriptions of bumbling through a home renovation in the arrière-pays (translation: backcountry or hinterland) that shifted our view beyond the coastline. This book was published in 1989, so clearly, Mayle was far from the first to write about the region. However, the timing of his book and the humorous descriptions of expat living in Provence resulted in skyrocketing sales.

The following memoirs are inspired by those who have chosen the Provencal lifestyle. What is appealing about these books is that the authors have all visited more or less the same geography, yet each story is different. Some are humour-filled tales of expats trying to fit in, and others reflect the attraction of cultural differences.

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Aixcentric was set up by Lynne Alderson three years ago as a channel to send out info on events taking place around Aix as well as news, relevant books, the latest films, new shops and of course where to eat locally. Why?

According, to Lynne:

"It came about out of frustration with the lack of communication in the town. Posters would suddenly go up about an event that week. No prewarning. I had difficulty too in finding information from many of the tourist offices. Things are slowly getting better and there is sometimes information in English. Hopefully by keeping an eagle eye on the local press and talking with contacts in town, I can publicize fun things that people would otherwise miss. It's a ragbag of info that I come across on my travels. I've published nearly 600 posts now and have lots of followers so hopefully, it is fulfilling its role of helping people, residents and visitors alike, get the most of their time in Aix."

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    April 11, 2015 at 8:25 am — Reply

    Lovely to hear your pleasure at reading fiction set locally. It’s such a great way to explore a place and see a location through an author’s eyes. I rather liked A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff (set London and Provence)

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      April 11, 2015 at 11:28 am — Reply

      Thanks Tina: We will have to add A Vintage Affair to our #Provence reading list.

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