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Peter Mayle - Author

About the Author

Peter Mayle spent fifteen years in the advertising business, first as a copywriter and then as a reluctant executive, before escaping Madison Avenue to write books on Provence, all of which were bestsellers.  he died in January 2018, aged 78.
 

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My Twenty-Five Years in Provence Reflections on Then and Now

My Twenty-Five Years in Provence Reflections on Then and Now

Author: Peter Mayle Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/08/2018

My Twenty-Five Years in Provence

My Twenty-Five Years in Provence

Author: Peter Mayle Format: eBook Release Date: 26/06/2018

The beloved author Peter Mayle, champion of all things Provence, here in a final volume of all new writing, offers vivid recollections from his twenty-five years in the South of France--lessons learned, culinary delights enjoyed, and changes observed.Twenty-five years ago, Peter Mayle and his wife, Jennie, were rained out of a planned two weeks on the Cte d'Azur. In search of sunlight, they set off for Aix-en-Provence; enchanted by the world and life they found there, they soon decided to uproot their lives in England and settle in Provence. They have never looked back. As Mayle tells us, a cup of cafe might now cost three euros--but that price still buys you a front-row seat to the charming and indelible parade of village life. After the coffee, you might drive to see a lavender field that has bloomed every year for centuries, or stroll through the ancient history that coexists alongside Marseille's metropolitan bustle. Modern life may have seeped into sleepy Provence, but its magic remains.With his signature warmth, wit, and humor--and twenty-five years of experience--Peter Mayle is a one-of-a-kind guide to the continuing appeal of Provence. This thoughtful, vivid exploration of life well-lived, la Provence, will charm longtime fans and a new generation of readers alike.

Provence A-Z

Provence A-Z

Author: Peter Mayle Format: eBook Release Date: 28/08/2017

Razve mozhno rasskazat' o Provanse v odnoj knizhke? Gory i vinogradniki, tryufeli i dyni, tradicii i legendy, svyatye i bestii... S chego nachat', chem prenebrech'? Ser'eznyj avtor navernyaka sosredotochilsya by na chem-to odnom i sochinil by solidnyj opus. K Piteru Mejlu ehto ne otnositsya. Lyubye svedeniya vyzyvayut doverie lish' togda, kogda oni polucheny putem lichnogo opyta, - tak schitaet avtor. No ne tol'ko poisk temy gonit ego v vinnye pogreba, na olivkovye fermy i festivali lyagushek. "e;Poputno ya poluchaya udovol'stvie, ne sporyu"e;, - priznaetsya Mejl. Takim obrazom, rukovodstvuyas' po bol'shej chasti sobstvennym lyubopytstvom i lichnymi slabostyami, "e;legkomyslennoj ptashkoj"e; porhaya s vetki na vetku, ot odnogo voprosa k drugomu, Mejl sozdal ves'ma zanimatel'nuyu "e;kollekciyu faktov i faktikov"e; o Provanse, rajskom ugolke na zemle, o kotorom avtor pishet s neizmennoj lyubov'yu i yumorom.

Dog's Life

Dog's Life

Author: Peter Mayle Format: eBook Release Date: 10/03/2017

Znakom'tes' s Boem - ehto vdumchivyj nablyudatel' za povedeniem cheloveka, ostroumnyj i pronicatel'nyj letopisec sovremennoj zhizni, ee radostej i protivorechij. A voobshche-to on sobaka. V knige "e;Provans navsegda avtor posvyatil Boyu otdel'nuyu glavu i rasskazal, kak bezrodnomu provanskomu "e;chuchelu udalos' lovko obosnovat'sya na sed'mom nebe sobach'ego raya - sobstvenno, v dome Pitera Mejla i ego zheny Dzhenni. V knige "e;Sobach'ya zhizn' sam pes, vzyavshis' za "e;memuary - emu est' chto skazat' miru! - povestvuet o svoem neprostom puti k "e;vershinam uspekha, a krome togo, delitsya ochen' zabavnymi i poroj ves'ma kolkimi zamechaniyami otnositel'no svoih hozyaev, ih gastronomicheskih privychek i obraza zhizni, strannostej i chudachestv, ih beskonechnyh gostej. Lyudi ne perestayut udivlyat' Boya, a poroj i ogorchat', no chto s nih voz'mesh'... CHeloveku svojstvenno oshibat'sya. A sobake svojstvenno proshchat'.

Amazing Adventures of Chilly Billy

Amazing Adventures of Chilly Billy

Author: Peter Mayle Format: eBook Release Date: 28/02/2017

Bestselling author Peter Mayle showcases his talents in this delightful children's storybook.Tomorrow night, just before you go to bed, creep into the kitchen very, very quietly. Go up to the fridge, and don't make a sound ...Once you meet Chilly Billy and hear of his adventures inside the refrigerator, you'll never open the fridge door in quite the same way again. Chilly Billy is a fun and lovable character you won't soon forget.

Acquired Tastes: A Beginner's Guide to Serious Pleasures

Acquired Tastes: A Beginner's Guide to Serious Pleasures

Author: Peter Mayle Format: eBook Release Date: 18/10/2016

Dejstvitel'no li bogatye lyudi za svoi den'gi poluchayut chto-to osobennoe ili ih privlekaet sama vozmozhnost' potakat' svoim prihotyam ne glyadya na cenu? V poiskah otveta Piter Mejl, izvestnyj gurman i zhiznelyub, predprinyal osnovatel'noe issledovanie kul'tovyh primet sladkoj zhizni, a takzhe poznakomilsya s ih tvorcami - znamenitymi portnymi i sapozhnikami, ohotnikami za tryufelyami i proizvoditelyami ehlitnogo shampanskogo. Uvy, zhizn' balovnej sud'by, obremenennyh izbytochnym bogatstvom, polna dosadnyh nesovershenstv i razocharovanij, no... Na ih puti vstrechayutsya i "e;uteshitel'nye prizy malen'kie i poroj nedeshevye udovol'stviya, - chrezvychajno priyatnye i na udivlenie bystro vhodyashchie v privychku.

Diamond Caper

Diamond Caper

Author: Peter Mayle Format: eBook Release Date: 10/08/2016

V bespechnoj zhizni Sehma Levitta vsegda najdetsya mesto priklyucheniyam - kak, vprochem, i bokalu rose v kompanii staryh druzej na terrase pod barhatnym yuzhnym nebom. I poka EHlena Morales, podruga Sehma, ostaviv skuchnuyu kar'eru strahovogo agenta v Los-Andzhelese, obustraivaet semejnoe gnezdyshko - chudesnyj dom pod Marselem na beregu Sredizemnogo morya, Sehm s golovoj uhodit v rassledovanie ves'ma zaputannyh obstoyatel'stv, stoyavshih za seriej neraskrytyh krazh brilliantov na Lazurnom Beregu stoimost'yu v neskol'ko millionov evro. Krug podozrevaemyh suzhaetsya, i rol' syshchika perestaet byt' zabavoj... Blesk brilliantov, volshebnaya igra shampanskogo i volnuyushchie aromaty blyud francuzskoj kuhni - vse ehto v novoj knige Pitera Mejla, legkoj, veseloj i ostroumnoj. Kniga pechataetsya vpervye na russkom yazyke.

Anything Considered

Anything Considered

Author: Peter Mayle Format: eBook Release Date: 28/07/2016

Molodoj i ochen' simpatichnyj anglichanin Luciano Bennett, ostaviv reklamnyj biznes v Parizhe, reshil poselit'sya v Provanse, chtoby naslazhdat'sya prelestyami bespechnoj zhizni v yuzhnoj provincii. V odin prekrasnyj den', ves'ma neosmotritel'no rasporyadivshis' zarabotannym kapitalom, Bennett ponyal, chto v karmane u nego - dyra i ego finansovye perspektivy ves'ma neuteshitel'ny. V poiskah sredstv on razmestil v gazete ob"e;yavlenie: "e;Odinokij anglichanin ishchet interesnuyu i neobychnuyu rabotu. Rassmotryu lyubye varianty, krome braka I vskore Bennett poluchil predlozhenie, ot kotorogo ne smog otkazat'sya. ZHivya v Monako, v velikolepnoj kvartire s vidom na Sredizemnoe more, on dolzhen hodit' po dorogim magazinam, obedat' v dorogih restoranah, katat'sya na dorogoj mashine - v obshchem, v nekotorom rode stat' dvojnikom svoego zakazchika-millionera. Uvy, besplatnyj syr byvaet tol'ko v myshelovke...

French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew

French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew

Author: Peter Mayle Format: eBook Release Date: 10/02/2016

Vo Francii znamenitye shef-povara pol'zuyutsya ne men'shej populyarnost'yu, chem zvezdy ehkrana. Piter Mejl predlagaet chitatelyam sovershit' gastronomicheskij tur po ehtoj blagoslovennoj strane, o kotoroj avtor pishet s neizmennoj lyubov'yu i voskhishcheniem. Material dlya knigi Piter Mejl sobiral v techenie goda i iskolesil vsyu stranu - chtoby sostavit' vernoe predstavlenie o shedevrah francuzskoj kuhni, vazhno pravil'no vybrat' ne tol'ko sezon (omlet s tryufelyami, naprimer, sleduet est' v noyabre), no i mesto. YArmarka ulitok v Martin'i-le-Blen i yarmarka syrov v Livaro, vinnyj marafon v Medoke i kurinyj prazdnik v Burk-an-Bres, lyagushachij uik-ehnd v Vittele i "e;legkaya kuhnya na termal'noj ferme v EHzheni... Vot lish' nepolnyj perechen' vekh uvlekatel'nogo puteshestviya Pitera Mejla.

Chasing Cezanne

Chasing Cezanne

Author: Peter Mayle Format: eBook Release Date: 23/11/2015

N'yu-jorkskij fotograf EHndryu Kelli pribyvaet na Lazurnyj Bereg vo Franciyu, chtoby sdelat' seriyu fotografij dlya amerikanskogo glamurnogo zhurnala. Tam on stanovitsya svidetelem strannoj sceny. Iz respektabel'noj villy v Kap-Ferra sred' bela dnya vynosyat dragocennoe polotno s famil'nym Sezannom i gruzyat v furgon santekhnika... Rassledovanie, bespechno predprinyatoe EHndryu, yavlyaetsya ves'ma opasnym predpriyatiem - na kon postavleno 30 millionov dollarov. Vprochem, detektivnaya istoriya iz mira "e;temnyh lichnostej, delayushchih den'gi na yarkih kraskah ne ogranichivaetsya art-moshennikami, pogonej i pal'boj iz pistoleta. Geroi Pitera Mejla, avtora mezhdunarodnyh bestsellerov o blagoslovennoj Francii, legko zabyvayut o Sezanne, kogda trebuetsya reshit' s oficiantom vopros o deserte...

Diamond Caper

Diamond Caper

Author: Peter Mayle Format: eBook Release Date: 06/10/2015

Bon vivant and expert sleuth Sam Levitt and his partner in love and intrigue, Elena Morales, return in the latest installment of the delightfully sun-splashed Provenal Caper series. When a Riviera socialite's diamonds are stolenthe latest in a string of seemingly unconnected but ever-more-audacious jewelry heists across FranceElena flies in to investigate the insurance claim. It's a trip she's more than happy to make, as it gives her a chance to meet up with old friends in Marseilleand, particularly, with Sam. Once reunited, Sam isn't entirely distracted by domestic matters. In the pattern of these ';perfect crimes' he's beginning to see a master at work, and he's quickly determined to connect and solve the cases. But as he and Elena dig deeper, they begin to realize just how much is connected and how dangerous it may be to pursue the whole truth. Meanwhile, there's a house to renovate, rose to share, and feasts of Provenal summer bounty to enjoy. Full of Peter Mayle's inimitable wit and style, The Diamond Caper is sure to charm faithful fans and new readers alike.

ENCORE PROVENCE

ENCORE PROVENCE

Author: Peter Mayle Format: eBook Release Date: 15/09/2015

Za dve-tri nedeli v Provanse vy nasladites' teplom i solncem, uvidite vinogradniki i proslavlennye olivkovye sady, pobrodite po mestnym rynkam, vdovol' nadyshites' chistym derevenskim vozduhom... No esli vam zahochetsya uznat' o Provanse nemnogo bol'she, to kniga Pitera Mejla okazhetsya kak nel'zya kstati. "e;Eshche odin god v Provanse napisan spustya odinnadcat' let posle "e;Goda v Provanse, pervoj knigi Mejla o francuzskoj provincii, stavshej mezhdunarodnym bestsellerom. V knige "e;Eshche odin god... avtor delitsya s chitatelem svoimi novymi vpechatleniyami i ves'ma cennymi svedeniyami. S lyubov'yu i yumorom rasskazyvaet o tonkostyah vybora provansal'skogo vina, hleba, syra, olivkovogo masla i chernyh tryufelej. Rassuzhdaet o pol'ze siesty i velikolepnogo fua-gra, pashteta iz gusinoj pecheni. Uverenno razvenchivaet mif o vrede zhira i otkryvaet sekrety dolgoletiya madam Kal'man, prozhivshej 122 goda i stavshej simvolom zhivitel'noj atmosfery Provansa. Za odinnadcat' let, konechno, Provans izmenilsya, no pokoj i tishina, stol' redkie v sovremennom mire, zdes' vse eshche ne yavlyayutsya deficitom - uveren Piter Mejl.

Acquired Tastes

Acquired Tastes

Author: Peter Mayle Format: eBook Release Date: 03/08/2015

Acquired Tastes, originally published as Expensive Habits, is a celebration of life's extravagances. It explores an aspect of human nature that, although dormant in hard economic times, is capable of erupting with the hint of good fortune and the drop of a credit card. It samples the luxuries of Havana cigars, Parisian hotels, bespoke London tailoring, and hand-made shoes; discusses the proper color for a stretch limousine; and weighs the cost versus the pleasure of keeping a mistress. The proper way to eat true caviar is explained while providing the listener with hours of pure, unadulterated escapism.

corsican caper

corsican caper

Author: Peter Mayle Format: eBook Release Date: 23/04/2015

Mog li podumat' Sehm Levitt, otpravlyayas' v Provans navestit' druga-milliardera, chto ego ozhidaet novoe i otnyud' ne bezopasnoe priklyuchenie? Edva Sehm i ego vozlyublennaya EHlena obustroilis' na ville, kak ih gostepriimnyj hozyain podelilsya voznikshej problemoj. Nekij "e;navorochennyj russkij s neodnoznachnoj biografiej polozhil glaz na ego rezidenciyu i, pohozhe, ni na odnom iz yazykov ne ponimaet slovo "e;net. Razumeetsya, Sehm ne ostanetsya ravnodushnym i dast nastojchivomu oligarhu otpor. Vprochem, slezhka s morya, s vozduha, avtomobil'nye pogoni, popytki vtorzheniya i dazhe pokushenie na ubijstvo ne pomeshayut nashim geroyam naslazhdat'sya krasotami Provansa i Korsiki, a takzhe kulinarnymi shedevrami i alkogol'nymi izyskami. Kogda na stole morskie delikatesy smenyayutsya zatejlivo prigotovlennym myasom, v bokalah igraet vino, a desert terpelivo zhdet svoej ocheredi, nikakie bedy ne strashny.

Hotel Pastis: A novel of Provence

Hotel Pastis: A novel of Provence

Author: Peter Mayle Format: eBook Release Date: 05/02/2015

Anglijskij pisatel', gurman i ehstet Piter Mejl vnov' privodit chitatelya v svoe lyubimoe mesto - na YUg Francii, v Provans. Na stranicah ehtoj knigi lyubovnaya istoriya perepletaetsya s detektivnoj intrigoj, kazhdaya iz kotoryh vyrazhena svoej syuzhetnoj liniej. Nedavno razvedennyj, razocharovavshijsya vo vsem i ustavshij ot raboty v prestizhnom reklamnom agentstve Sajmon SHo otklikaetsya na predlozhenie krasavicy Nikol' Buv'e i reshaet spasti ot bankrotstva gostinicu v gorodke Brass'er-le-Dez-EHgliz. Sajmon uhodit iz agentstva i priezzhaet v Provans. Zanimayas' delami otelya, on sluchajno okazyvaetsya vtyanutym v kozni prestupnoj shajki, planiruyushchej nalet na bank v sosednej derevne. Terpkij, kak glotok anisovogo napitka "e;Pastis ehtot roman sochetaet v sebe francuzskuyu legkost' i vkus k zhizni s britanskoj ironiej i zvenyashchim napryazheniem horoshego trillera.

Toujours Provence

Toujours Provence

Author: Peter Mayle Format: eBook Release Date: 19/01/2015

Piter Mejl proslavilsya na ves' mir, kogda, ostaviv razmerennuyu zhizn' i uspeshnyj reklamnyj biznes, uekhal na yug Francii, v kraj, kotoryj polyubil vsem serdcem i kotoromu posvyatil tak mnogo prekrasnyh knig, stavshih mezhdunarodnymi bestsellerami. On sozdal svoeobraznuyu istoriyu Provansa v romanah, hudozhestvennyh putevoditelyah i ehnciklopediyah. "e;Provans navsegda - eshche odna trogatel'naya, zabavnaya i uvlekatel'naya istoriya, v kotoroj avtor s yumorom i lyubov'yu pokazyvaet zhizn' blagoslovennoj francuzskoj provincii. EHto ocharovatel'nyj portret gostepriimnoj, dobrodushnoj i shchedroj mestnosti, kotoraya umeet radovat' ne tol'ko gastronomicheskimi izyskami, no i darit' nezabyvaemoe dushevnoe teplo. I ehtim teplom i siyaniem yuga sogrety vse knigi Pitera Mejla.

year in Provence

year in Provence

Author: Peter Mayle Format: eBook Release Date: 12/11/2014

V odin prekrasnyj den' anglijskaya supruzheskaya para sovershila to, o chem mechtayut mnogie, no ne reshayutsya: otmetya vse dovody blagorazumiya, oni kupili staryj fermerskij dom na yuge Francii i nachali sovershenno novuyu zhizn', polnuyu astronomicheskih radostej, neozhidannyh otkrytij i smeshnyh priklyuchenij. Pervyj prozhityj v Provanse god okazalsya nastol'ko bogat yarkimi vpechatleniyami, chto vdohnovil Pitera Mejla na sozdanie knigi, mgnovenno stavshej mezhdunarodnym bestsellerom. "e;God v Provanse do sih por schitaetsya luchshej turisticheskoj knigoj, posvyashchennoj Francii, on byl ehkranizirovan na televidenii i prines svoemu avtoru priznanie Francuzskoj Respubliki, kotoraya proizvela Pitera Mejla v kavalery ordena Pochetnogo legiona.

good year

good year

Author: Peter Mayle Format: eBook Release Date: 21/05/2014

God u Maksa ne zadalsya. On lishilsya raboty i nadezhdy rasplatit'sya s dolgami. I vdrug on poluchaet v nasledstvo usad'bu dyadi Genri v Provanse s obshirnym vinogradnikom. Maks edet tuda, namerevayas' pobystree prodat' zemlyu i dom. Odnako zhizn' v Provanse prishlas' emu po vkusu, k tomu zhe vse ego mysli teper' zanimaet krasavica Fanni, nezavisimaya i svoenravnaya. Vnezapno iz Ameriki priezzhaet Kristi, vnebrachnaya doch' dyadi. Vozmozhno, za nej priznayut prava na usad'bu, i togda Maksu pridetsya vernut'sya v dozhdlivyj London i navsegda rasstat'sya s prekrasnym solnechnym kraem i svoej lyubov'yu. ZHizn' Maksa oslozhnyaetsya do krajnosti, kogda vyyasnyaetsya, chto istoriya s dyadyushkinym nasledstvom eshche zaputannee, chem emu predstavlyalos'

Corsican Caper

Corsican Caper

Author: Peter Mayle Format: eBook Release Date: 13/05/2014

Here is Peter Mayle at his effervescent besthis master sleuth, Sam Levitt, eating, drinking, and romancing his way through the South of France even as he investigates a case of deadly intrigue among the Riviera's jet set. Billionaire Francis Reboul is taking in the view at his coastal estate, awaiting the arrival of vacationing friends Sam Levitt and Elena Morales, when he spies a massive yacht whose passengers seem a little too interested in his property. The yacht belongs to rapacious Russian tycoon Oleg Vronsky, who, for his own purposes, will stop at nothing to obtain Reboul's villa. When Reboul refuses to sell, Vronsky's methods quickly turn unsavory. Now it's up to Samhe's saved Reboul's neck beforeto negotiate with an underworld of mercenaries and hit men, not to mention the Corsican mafia, to prevent his friend from becoming a victim of Vronsky's ';Russian diplomacy.' The dire situation doesn't stop Sam and Elena from attending glamorous ftes where the wines and starlets alike sparkle, and enjoying sumptuous mealsfrom multicourse revelations to understated delights like the first asparagus of the season, on which one must make a wish. But as Sam's sleuthing draws him closer to the truth of Vronsky's schemes, he realizes Reboul might not be the only one unable to enjoy the good life for long. Brimming with entertaining twists, sparkling scenery, and mouthwatering gustatory interludes as only Peter Mayle can write them,The Corsican Caperis a one-way ticket to pleasure, Provenal style.From the Hardcover edition.

The Marseille Caper

The Marseille Caper

Author: Peter Mayle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2013

Sam Levitt, former corporate lawyer, wine connoisseur and expert on cultivated crime, is back in Marseille, for both work and pleasure - the lure of excitement and the pleasures of the region proving too tempting to resist. But surrounded by gangsters and cut-throat developers, Sam finds himself far closer to danger than he had planned...

Mein Jahr in der Provence

Mein Jahr in der Provence

Author: Peter Mayle Format: eBook Release Date: 04/01/2013

Peter Mayle hat sich seinen groen Traum erfullt und ist in die Provence gezogen. Doch das erste Jahr ist gar nicht einfach, und immer wieder kommt es zu Missverstandnissen - nicht nur, weil man die Sprache dort einfach nicht versteht, sondern auch, weil die Lebensweise der Franzosen so merkwurdig anders als die der Briten ist.

Toujours Provence

Toujours Provence

Author: Peter Mayle Format: eBook Release Date: 04/01/2013

Die Provence - eine beschauliche Landschaft mit Dorfern, in denen nichts los ist? Der Luberon - ein Gebirgszug in Sudfrankreich, in dem der Hund begraben ist? Wer das denkt, hat noch nie eine von Peter Mayles kostlichen Schilderungen des provenzalischen Alltags gelesen! Wie bereits in "e;Mein Jahr in der Provence"e; entfuhrt der Autor auch in diesem Buch seine Leser wieder in die farbenprachtige Landschaft Sudfrankreichs. Das Leben in der Provence, das er in seinem Dorf und dessen Umgebung kennengelernt hat, ist weit entfernt von der Ruhe und Beschaulichkeit, die malerische Postkarten vorgaukeln. Im Gegenteil: In den Drfern des Lubron, von denen Peter Mayle erzhlt, ist einiges los! Die Fortsetzung von Peter Mayles erstem Welterfolg "e;Mein Jahr in der Provence"e;. Fr alle Provenceliebhaber und solche, die es werden wollen!

Marseille Caper

Marseille Caper

Author: Peter Mayle Format: eBook Release Date: 06/11/2012

Lovable rogue and sleuth extraordinaire Sam Levitt is back in another beguiling, as-only-Peter-Mayle-can-write-it romp through the South of France. At the end of The Vintage Caper, Sam had just carried off a staggering feat of derring-do in the heart of Bordeaux, infiltrating the ranks of the French elite to rescue a stolen, priceless wine collection. With the questionable legality of the adventureand the threat of some very powerful enemies!Sam thought it'd be a while before he returned to France, especially with the charms of the beautiful Elena Morales to keep him in Los Angeles. But when the immensely wealthy Francis Reboulthe victim of Sam's last heist but someone who knows talent when he sees itasks our hero to take a job in Marseille, it's impossible for Sam and Elena to resist the possibility of further excitement . . . to say nothing of the pleasures of the region. Soon the two are enjoying the coastal sunshine and the delectable food and wine for which Marseille is known. Yet as a competition over Marseille's valuable waterfront grows more hotly disputed, Sam, representing Reboul, finds himself in the middle of an increasingly intrigue-ridden and dangerous real-estate grab, with thuggish gangsters on one side and sharklike developers on the other. Will Sam survive this caper unscathed? Will he live to enjoy another bowl of bouillabaisse? All will be revealedwith luck, savvy, and a lot of help from Sam's friendsin the novel's wonderfully satisfying climax.

The Vintage Caper

The Vintage Caper

Author: Peter Mayle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/05/2011

Hollywood lawyer Danny Roth is the victim of a world-class wine heist - and he is devastated. Sam Levitt, former corporate lawyer, wine connoisseur, and expert on cultivated crime, is called in by Roth's insurance company, now saddled with a multi-million-dollar claim. His leads take him first to Bordeaux's magnificent vineyards and then to glorious Provence. Along the way, bien sur, he's joined by a beautiful French colleague, Sophie. In their quest to discover the truth, Sam and Sophie must explore many a chateau and its contents. The unravelling of this ingenious crime is threaded through with Mayle's seductive rendering of France's sensory delights. From the fine wines of Bordeaux to the bouillabaisse of Marseille, this is pure vintage Mayle.

Vintage Caper

Vintage Caper

Author: Peter Mayle Format: eBook Release Date: 20/10/2009

Set in Hollywood, Paris, Bordeaux, and Marseille, Peter Mayles newest and most delightful novel is filled with culinary delights, sumptuous wines, and colorful characters. Its also a lot of fun.The story begins high above Los Angeles, at the extravagant home and equally impressive wine cellar of entertainment lawyer Danny Roth. Unfortunately, after inviting the Los Angeles Times to write an extensive profile extolling the liquid treasures of his collection, Roth finds himself the victim of a world-class wine heist.Enter Sam Levitt, former corporate lawyer, cultivated crime expert, and wine connoisseur. Called in by Roths insurance company, which is now saddled with a multimillion-dollar claim, Sam follows his leadsto Bordeaux and its magnificent vineyards, and to Provence to meet an eccentric billionaire collector who might possibly have an interest in the stolen wines. Along the way, bien sr, he is joined by a beautiful and erudite French colleague, and together they navigate many a chteau, pausing frequently to enjoy the countrysides abundant pleasures.The unraveling of the ingenious crime is threaded through with Mayles seductive rendering of Frances sensory delightsfrom a fine Lynch-Bages and Loville Barton to the bouillabaisse of Marseille and the young lamb of Bordeaux. Even the most sophisticated of oenophiles will learn a thing or two from this vintage work by a beloved author.From the Hardcover edition.

French Lessons

French Lessons

Author: Peter Mayle Format: eBook Release Date: 30/09/2008

A delightful, delicious, and best-selling account of the gustatory pleasures to be found throughout France, from the beloved author of A Year in Provence. The French celebrate food and drink more than any other people, and Peter Mayle shows us just how contagious their enthusiasm can be. We visit the Foire aux Escargots. We attend a truly French marathon, where the beverage of choice is Chteau Lafite-Rothschild rather than Gatorade. We search out the most pungent cheese in France, and eavesdrop on a heated debate on the perfect way to prepare an omelet. We even attend a Catholic mass in the village of Richerenches, a sacred event at which thanks are given for the aromatic, mysterious, and breathtakingly expensive black truffle. With Mayle as our charming guide, we come away satisfied (if a little hungry), and with a sudden desire to book a flight to France at once.

Provence A-Z

Provence A-Z

Author: Peter Mayle Format: eBook Release Date: 07/11/2006

An indispensable, richly informative, and always entertaining sourcebook on Provence by the writer who has made the region his own.Though organized from A to Z, this is hardly a conventional work of reference. It is rather a selection of those aspects of Provence that Peter Mayle in almost twenty years there has found to be the most interesting, curious, delicious, or downright fun.He writes about subjects as diverse as architecture, expatriates, scorpions, the Provenal character, legends, lavender, linguistic oddities, the origins of La Marseillaise, wild boars and Frenchwinds. And, of course, he writes about food and drink.Provence AZ is a delight for Peter Mayles ever-growing audience and these unabridged selections are the perfect complement to any guidebook on Provence, or, for that matter, France.

Good Year

Good Year

Author: Peter Mayle Format: eBook Release Date: 17/10/2006

From Peter Mayle, a wonderful new novel steeped in wineand the business of wine?and set in, bien sr, Provence. Max Skinner is not exactly setting the London financial world on fire?and when his supervisor steals his biggest client, its definitely time to inspect the vineyard in Provence that his recently departed uncle left him. Heartily and happily distracted upon his arrival by the landscape, the weather, and the food?not to mention the gorgeous notaire handling the estate and the stunning owner of the local bistro?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? When a beautiful young woman from California arrives with what might be a legitimate claim on the estate, and knowledge of vineyards that far outstrips Maxs own, the plot begins its twists and turns into and out of truly wonderful complications and resolutions. This is luscious reading?soothing us with the sensual wonders of Provence while it tells a fascinating tale of the hugely lucrative and competitive boutique-wine trade. It is Peter Mayles most satisfying, most delectable novel yet.From the Hardcover edition.

Year in Provence

Year in Provence

Author: Peter Mayle Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2004

More than 40,000 listeners have enjoyed this story on cassette. Now anyone who's ever dreamed of getting away from it all can enjoy the charms and challenges of A Year in Provence on CD!Peter Mayle and his wife had been to Provence as tourists. They had dreamed of one day trading the long, gray winters and damp summers of England for the blue skies and sunshine of the coast of southern France. And then they made it happen. They moved into an old farmhouse at the foot of the Luberon mountains and embarked on a wonderful, if at times bewildering, new life. Among their experiences that first year: being inundated with builders and visitors, grappling with the native accent, taking part in goat races and supervising the planting of a new vineyard. Peter Mayle personally recounts the pleasures and frustrations of Provencal life--sharing in a way no one else can, the unique and endearing culture that is Provence.A Year in Provence was a New York Times bestseller for three years and won the British Book Awards' "e;Best Travel Book of the Year."e;

What's Happening To Me?

What's Happening To Me?

Author: Peter Mayle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2003

Bon Appetit! Travels with knife,fork & corkscrew through France

Bon Appetit! Travels with knife,fork & corkscrew through France

Author: Peter Mayle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/03/2002

Gastronomy is a wonderful starting point to study France and the French. As the retired schoolmaster from Provence says 'The religion of France is food. And wine, of course.' And they put their money where their mouth is, spending a greater proportion of their income on food and drink than any other nation in the world. Literally hundreds of gastronomic fairs and festivals take place throughout the year all over France - a frog fair, an hommage to the sausage, to the turnip, to the quiche and the noble Camembert. What kind of person is a snail-fancier? Is there a brotherhood of sausage connoisseurs? How can you devote an entire weekend to the French fry? Peter Mayle finds out and brings hilariously and affectionately to life the people who can get passionate about a frog's leg or a well-turned omelette. Over ten years ago he transformed our feelings about Provence, now he captures the irresistible essence of France herself - and her food.

Toujours Provence

Toujours Provence

Author: Peter Mayle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2001

A second idyllic helping of rural life in France from the bestselling author of the classic A YEAR IN PROVENCE. Skulking through customs with a suitcase full of truffles, toads singing the Marseillaise, taking pastis lessons and finding gold at the bottom of the garden, you might think there is little time left for pleasures of the table. TOUJOURS PROVENCE proves that while you might not be able to get away from it all, you can have fun trying. 'Peter Mayle's idyllic portrait makes you almost taste the wonderful food and wine, feel the sun and balmy breezes' Sunday Express 'Anyone with any feel for the land and the people who lead their lives close to it will be enchanted' Yorkshire Evening Post 'Splendidly amusing... filled with things which will help you to understand, at least in part, the glory of this wonderful place' Dirk Bogarde

Peter Mayle's Provence

Peter Mayle's Provence

Author: Peter Mayle Format: eBook Release Date: 07/03/2001

When Peter Mayle and his wife traded England's long, gray winters and damp summers for life in southern France, they entered an enchanting, wonderful, sometimes bewildering world. Now, share their adventures, pleasures, and frustrations: the joys and occasional hazards of wining and dining in France, taking part in goat races, attending a Pavorotti concert under the stars -- and much more. Meet Provence's unique characters: a wary truffle hunter, a gourmet in a track suit, the wise and crafty Massot -- and many more. Funny, touching, endearing -- Peter Mayle's Provence proves the adage that while you may not be able to escape from it all, you sure can have fun trying.

Encore Provence

Encore Provence

Author: Peter Mayle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2000

The third spellbinding volume in the series begun by A Year in Provence, ENCORE PROVENCE continues the account of an English couple's life abroad. Among other curiosities, explore a school for noses in Haute Provence, the mysterious death of an oversexed butcher, the quest for the finest bouillabaisse and an assortment of the characters who lie in wait in bars and on boules courts. And, of course, the essential importance of lunch. BON APPETIT! 'One of the most successful travel books of all time... Mayle created anew travel genre' Guardian Delightful' Washington Post 'Engaging, funny and richlyappreciative' New York Times Book Review 'Stylish, witty, delightfully readable' SundayTimes

A Year in Provence

A Year in Provence

Author: Peter Mayle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2000

The bestselling, much-loved classic account of an English couple enjoying the fruits of French rural living - an irresistible feast of humour and heart. Peter Mayle and his wife did what most of us only imagine doing when they made their long-cherished dream of a life abroad a reality: throwing caution to the wind, they bought a glorious two hundred year-old farmhouse in the Luberon Valley and began a new life. In a year that begins with a marathon lunch and continues with a host of gastronomic delights, they also survive the unexpected and often hilarious curiosities of rural life. From mastering the local accent and enduring invasion by bumbling builders, to discovering the finer points of boules and goat-racing, all the earthy pleasures of Provencal life are conjured up in this enchanting portrait. 'One of the most successful travel books of all time... Mayle created a new travel genre' Guardian Delightful' Washington Post 'Engaging, funny and richly appreciative' New York Times Book Review 'Stylish, witty, delightfully readable' Sunday Times 'I really loved this book' Julia Child

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