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Provence Loses One of Its Biggest Fans: Peter Mayle Dies at Age 78

Contributor blog post by Susan Manfull:

Peter Mayle, the British advertising executive and author of children’s books turned internationally-renowned author of books set in Provence, passed away early Thursday morning in a hospital in Provence. I learned that he was not well when I was in Provence this past summer, but it is unclear what caused his death at age 78. News sources have described it as a “brief illness.” He is survived by his wife, Jennie, with whom he moved to Provence in 1987.

…Continue reading here for Susan’s article on this author who was certainly not the first to write about Provence and its charms. However, his humorous account of house renovations in “A Year in Provence” had us all laughing. Was it simply coincidental timing that tourism interest in the region picked-up after the book was was published in 1987? We will never know for sure.

Other books to encourage you to visit Provence

Capturing Provencal Beauty in Photos Lumières des Alpilles

Drawing Lessons by Patricia Sands a Journey in Provence

Cuisine Libre at Auberge La Fenière a Book You are Going to Want to Eat

Discovering Author Elizabeth David French Country Cooking at Ménerbes

Curious Histories of Provence, Tales from the South of France

Via:: Provence WineZine


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Susan Newman Manfull

Susan Newman Manfull

It was love at first sight when my family and I arrived in the charming village of Lourmarin for a short vacation, nearly 20 years ago. We returned home to Portsmouth, New Hampshire and the next thing I knew we were planning a much longer sojourn in that village and making arrangements to enroll our daughter in the local school there. That led to buying a maison de village— actually two, then a courtyard, a parking spot, and a bergerie— in our favorite Provençal village where we (readily) adopted that certain joie de vivre, established dear friendships, and, to this day, endeavor to blend in with the crowd at Café Gaby.

We no longer own property in Lourmarin, but we continue to hang our hats there frequently and gather fodder for our souls and for The Modern Trobaors and Provence WineZine. There is never a shortage.

The Modern Trobaors , conceived in 2008, is about all things Provence: its markets, hilltop villages, lavender, art, literature, culture, history, food, wine, and news. Provence WineZine, launched in August 2014, focuses on wines from the regions of Provence and the Southern Rhône Valley—with a special emphasis on Provence's world-renowned rosés—and the men and women who make them.

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