The writer with a claim to being the world's foremost literary escape artist is back, with an intoxicating novel about the business and pleasure of wine, set in his beloved Provence. Max Skinner has recently lost his job at a London financial firm and just as recently learned that he has inherited his late uncle's vineyard in Provence. 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. Fizzy with intrigue, bursting with local color and savor, A Good Year is Mayle at his most entertaining.
About the Author
Peter Mayle is a British author best known for his series of books detailing life in Provence, France. He spent fifteen years in the advertising industry before leaving the business to focus on writing. A Year in Provence became an international bestseller. His novel A Good Year was made into a film directed by Ridley Scott and starring actors Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard. Peter Mayle lives in Provence, France. He has received numerous awards. British Book Awards named A Year in Provence Best Travel Book of the Year (1989) and Peter Mayle Author of the Year (1992). The French government made him a Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honor) in 2002, for cooperation et francophonie. Arthur Robins is a popular illustrator whose work has appeared in countless advertisements, magazines and animations as well as more than fifty picture books. Peter Mayle described Arthur's work as "witty, surprising and, in its own weird way, charming. They should put up a statue to him in Guildford." He teamed up with Laurence Anholt for the very successful series and collection: Seriously Silly Stories.
“A delightful divertissement. . . .plenty of . . . local color, comic dalliances and a feastful of entertainment.” –The Seattle Times “Happily snide (and knowledgeable). . . . Wicked turns of phrase . . . . Quite agreeable, with an insouciant nose . . . perfect for summer reading.” –Chicago Sun-Times“Mayle makes Provence sound like the most enticing place this side of paradise. Reservations, anyone?” –People “Bubbly, light-hearted, good-natured. . . . [Mayle’s] descriptions of food and country ambience. . . live up to his reputation.” –The Baltimore Sun “Fast-moving and fun. . . . a deliciously light-hearted tale. . . . The Provencal life never tasted so good.” –Rocky Mountain News