Peter Mayle's latest irresistible tale is sure to tantalize the legions of Francophiles and armchair travelers who have flocked to his earlier best-selling books. A Good Year is vintage Mayle, transporting us to sun-drenched Provence through its sensual rendering of the region's sights, sounds and especially flavors. Max Skinner is a down-on-his-luck Englishman who inherits an aging chateau and vineyard from his uncle. He takes up residency in France hoping to seek his fortunes in wine, but his visions of Euro signs are quickly dashed when he discovers the vineyard's wine is so bad it's nearly undrinkable.
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Look Inside. Jun 01, Minutes Buy. Mar 04, Minutes Buy. A delightful, best-selling tale about the business and pleasure of wine, adapted into a Ridley Scott movie starring Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard. On arrival he finds the climate delicious, the food even better, and two of the locals ravishing. Unfortunately, the wine produced on his new property is swill. Why then are so many people interested in it? Enter a beguiling Californian who knows more about wine than Max does—and may have a better claim to the estate.
From Peter Mayle, a wonderful new novel steeped in wine—and the business of wine? Max Skinner is not exactly setting the London financial world on fire? Heartily and happily distracted upon his arrival by the landscape, the weather, and the food? Max almost forgets about his inherited property. Which might have been a good idea, because the wine produced there is swill. But then why, Max has to wonder, is his caretaker so anxious to acquire the land? This is luscious reading? Peter Mayle wrote fifteen previous books.
He died in January Wicked turns of phrase. Quite agreeable, with an insouciant nose. Reservations, anyone? The Provencal life never tasted so good. The combination of wine and money seemed like an interesting basis for a little light crime. Q: There is much about wine and the wine industry in your new novel. How did you learn about this business? What kind of research went into writing the novel?
A: I visited Bordeaux and spent time with a friend who owns one of the great chateaux, and I learned a lot from other friends in Provence who make wine. Many bottles of research were consumed in the course of my education.
Q: How did you originally move to Provence? I finally did, and the experience has proved to be one of those rare occasions in life when reality has exceeded expectation. Q: What is your daily ritual in Provence? A: Up early. Walk the dogs in the hills behind the house.
Write from a. Lunch a meal that occasionally stretches well into the afternoon. A siesta. Work in the garden. Re-read what I wrote in the morning, discarding much of it. Evenings are often spent with friends in one of the local restaurants.
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Peter Mayle Dies: ‘A Year In Provence’ & ‘A Good Year’ Author Was 78
Look Inside. Jun 01, Minutes Buy. Mar 04, Minutes Buy. A delightful, best-selling tale about the business and pleasure of wine, adapted into a Ridley Scott movie starring Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard. On arrival he finds the climate delicious, the food even better, and two of the locals ravishing.
A Good Year
Mayle's breezy, uncomplicated fifth novel Chasing Cezanne , etc. Max spent holidays at his Uncle Henry's vineyard as a child, so when he inherits the place, the prospect of returning is tempting; a generous "bridging loan" from ex-brother-in-law Charlie seals the deal. The estate, Le Griffon, is in a dire state of disrepair and the wine cellar is filled with bottles of a dreadful-tasting swill, but it's nothing that vineyard caretaker Claude Roussel and prim housekeeper Madame Passepartout can't resolve. Max settles into his new life easily thanks to the attentions of local notary Nathalie Auzet and busty cafe owner Fanny. The arrival of young Californian "wine brat" Christie Roberts, Uncle Henry's long-lost daughter, complicates matters for Max, but her surprise offer and Charlie's arrival lessen the impact of a vicious vineyard scandal involving a delicious, high-priced, discreetly produced wine called Le Coin Perdu. Mayle's simple story provides lighthearted if unadventurous reading and a fond endorsement of the pleasures of viniculture.