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A Good Year by Peter Mayle

A Good Year

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His novels are very much in the same vein as his famous A Year in Provence, gentle, atmospheric, steeped in the love of France, here as an ailing vineyard needs resurrecting. It is all very addictively charming with a fun story thrown in, a lovely, comfortable read.

Comparisons: Christobel Kent, John Mortimer.
Similar this month: Alexander McCall Smith, Julian Fellowes.

If you like Peter Mayle you might also like to read books by Stephen Clarke.

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A Good Year by Peter Mayle

Max Skinner is a man at the heart of London's financial universe until his employers embark on a little asset-stripping of their own. Himself. Amid the grey London drizzle, there is one potential ray of sunshine: Max's Uncle Harry has left him his estate in his will - an eighteenth-century chateau and vineyard an hour's drive from Avignon. Out of a job, and encouraged by his friend Charlie about the money in modern wine, he heads for France.

What Max discovers is a beautiful house, wonderful weather and a bustling village. The downside is the quality of the wine in his vineyard, but when Max suggests calling in an expert, Roussel, a former employee of his uncle's, is resistant. Help is at hand, however, when a beautiful blonde Californian arrives unexpectedly at the chateau.

Peter Mayle's delightful novel will enchant the audiences who bought A YEAR IN PROVENCE and TOUJOURS PROVENCE in their millions.


A feel-good story with a good plot and plenty of humour. A very enjoyable read. * LIVING FRANCE * Through deliciously evocative descriptions of the landscape and great characterisation, you'll find yourself foregoing meals in order to find out what happens next. * FRENCH MAGAZINE * Entertaining stuff- but you might find yourself gasping for a glass of the red stuff. * DAILY EXPRESS * The charming bouquet is uncorked for you by Mayle. He has an unflinching eye for local detail in the zany crime caper set in Bordeaux. * IRISH EXAMINER *

About the Author

Peter Mayle

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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17th March 2005


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256 pages


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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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