PROVENCE has “added a dimension of sheer contentment and enrichment” to Peter Mayle’s life – not just for the series of books that have been translated into 28 languages and brought in millions in sales but for its lifestyle, people, customs and gastronomy.
Peter Mayle: 20 years in Provence:
The decision to become a writer, he says, was inevitable as “it became clear to me that I was useless at mathematics and anything technical. I was not drawn to politics or big business, or indeed any endeavour where I had to report to committees and bosses.
His original intention was to write a novel, they had enough cash for six months. But while renovating their Ménerbes house Mayle, now 70, became so fascinated by the character of Provence and the larger than life characters, that instead of a novel, he wrote a few opening pages of a diary and sent them to his agent who, fortunately, knew a gem when he saw one.