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Peter Mayle (1939–2018)

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Peter Mayle was born in Brighton, England on June 14, 1939. He began his career in advertising as a copywriter and rose to the executive ranks, but left advertising in 1975 to write educational books, including a series on sex education for children and young adults. His educational books including vis mere Where Did I Come From? and What's Happening to Me? His travel memoir, A Year in Provence, received the British Book Awards' Best Travel Book of the Year in 1990 and was adapted into a television mini-series. His other nonfiction books included Toujours Provence, Encore Provence, Provence A-Z, and French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork and Corkscrew. His fiction books included The Marseille Caper, The Corsican Caper, and A Good Year, which was adapted into a 2006 film of the same name starring Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard. Mayle died on January 18, 2018 at the age of 78. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Værker af Peter Mayle

A Year in Provence (1990) 5,502 eksemplarer
Toujours Provence (1991) 2,349 eksemplarer
A Good Year (2004) 1,158 eksemplarer
Hotel Pastis (1993) 1,153 eksemplarer
Chasing Cézanne (1997) 907 eksemplarer
Anything Considered (1996) 746 eksemplarer
A Dog's Life (1995) 746 eksemplarer
The Vintage Caper (2009) 657 eksemplarer
Acquired Tastes (1993) 595 eksemplarer
The Marseille Caper (2012) 338 eksemplarer
Provence A-Z (2006) 242 eksemplarer
The Corsican Caper (2014) 186 eksemplarer
The Diamond Caper (2015) 113 eksemplarer
Expensive Habits (1991) 69 eksemplarer
Provence (1994) 55 eksemplarer
Man's Best Friend (1984) 52 eksemplarer
The Provence Trilogy (1999) 45 eksemplarer
Why Are We Getting a Divorce? (1979) 44 eksemplarer
How To Be A Pregnant Father (1977) 40 eksemplarer
Wicked Willie's Guide to Women (1986) 25 eksemplarer
Provence (paintings) (1993) 21 eksemplarer
Baby Taming (1978) 20 eksemplarer
Sweet Dreams and Monsters (1986) 18 eksemplarer
Will I Go To Heaven? (1976) 10 eksemplarer
Wicked Willie's Low-down on Men (1987) 8 eksemplarer
Wicked Willie Stand Up Comic Book (1990) 6 eksemplarer
Postcards from Summer (1996) 6 eksemplarer
O Melhor Amigo do Homem (1998) 2 eksemplarer
Provence A-z -- 2006 publication (2006) 2 eksemplarer
Bor, mm̀or, Provence : regňy (2005) 1 eksemplar
Chi ha rubato Cesanne? (1998) 1 eksemplar
Què em passa? 1 eksemplar
Alt har interesse — Forfatter — 1 eksemplar
Der er ingen ende på Provence — Forfatter — 1 eksemplar
3x Provence (2015) 1 eksemplar
Willie's Away (1988) 1 eksemplar
2004 1 eksemplar
The Honeymoon Book (1983) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

A Good Year [2006 film] (2006) — Original book — 116 eksemplarer
Travelers' Tales PROVENCE : True Stories (2003) — Bidragyder — 29 eksemplarer

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Kanonisk navn
Mayle, Peter
Brighton, Sussex, England, UK
Aix-en-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Lourmarin, Provence, France
The Hamptons, New York, USA
Vaugines, Provence, France
London, England, UK
Ménerbes, Vaucluse, France
Brighton College
advertising copywriter
non-fiction author
travel writer
educational writer
Papert Koenig, Londres, New York (Publicitaire, Directeur créatif, | 19 74)
Ogilvy and Mather, New York (Publicitaire, 19 61)
Shell Oil, Londres (Publiciatire, 1957)
Priser og hædersbevisninger
Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur (2002)
Kort biografi
Peter Mayle was born in Brighton, England. Following World War II, the family moved to Barbados, where his father served as an employee of the British Colonial Office. Mayle returned to England after leaving school at age 16. His first job in 1957 was as a trainee at Shell Oil's London office. He was more interested in advertising than oil, however, and by 1961 had became a copywriter at Shell's ad agency, Ogilvy & Mather, in New York City. Subsequently, he was hired by Papert Koenig Lois and returned to London to head up the creative team there. When the company had financial troubles in the mid-1960s, Mayle and a colleague bought the London operation. They developed the business and after five years, it was bought by BBDO. He then commuted between the USA and the UK as creative director. By 1974, Mayle had tired of advertising and transatlantic commuting, and quit to write full-time. He started off by writing educational books, including a series on sex education for children and young people. He also wrote, with illustrator Gray Jolliffe, a series of humorous books about the character Wicked Willie. His most significant career move probably was the decision to relocate to Ménerbes, a village in the Luberon region of southern France, in the late 1980s. There his plans to write a novel were overtaken by the events of life as an expatriate in his new environment. They provided the material for his 1989 book A Year in Provence, an international bestseller that became a media phenomenon. Many more books followed, which were translated in more than 20 languages. Mayle also wrote articles for magazines and newspapers. A Year in Provence was adapted into a highly popular British television series in 1993. Mayle had to move to Amagansett on Long Island, New York, to get away from the thousands of fans and sightseers who showed up at his home in Provence. He later returned to France and a home in Vaugines, also in the Luberon.  The French government awarded him the Legion of Honor in 2002, for "coopération et francophonie."
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This page was formerly split, presumably because the topics written about are very diverse and an assumption was made that they couldn't have been the same author. Works that were previously on #2 had been moved to #1, leaving #2 empty. All the works in the unknowns were related to works in #1, so I unsplit the page.



A delightful book. Makes you want to go there, or go again.
hcubic | 21 andre anmeldelser | Feb 11, 2024 |
I can see why so many people like it, but this just wasn't for me. Endless lists and descriptions of meals bored me quickly.

Recommended: for some people (who are not me)
For people who like food, for people who like reading at length about people, for people interested in home restoration. Stay away if you want any kind of events or... anything of interest to happen.

WOW did this bore the hell out of me. I can acknowledge that his writing style is smooth, with lush descriptions and lively characterizations of the people around him.

That said, nothing happened. The main elements of the book are:
- lengthy descriptions of food and meals
- various random conversations with locals
- details of home maintenance

That's just not interesting for me. This one star is not to say this is a poorly written book, but that I personally did not enjoy it. The overall experience was like talking to an older relative who unhurriedly traps me with boring descriptions of their trip.
… (mere)
Jenniferforjoy | 110 andre anmeldelser | Jan 29, 2024 |
If you're looking for something quick and light, this is a fun read set mostly in restaurants or wine cellars in France.
ellink | 42 andre anmeldelser | Jan 22, 2024 |
A delightful read. Each chapter represents a month in the author's first year living in Provence, France. Gradually you get to know the people, the customs, the places and to see the progress or lack thereof of the renovations to their home. There are lovely descriptions of the food as well.
MrsLee | 110 andre anmeldelser | Jan 2, 2024 |



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