Peter Mayle - A Sad Loss
The death of Peter Mayle, the author the bestselling memoir, "A Year in Provence," is a great loss to the world of books. His endearing story of how he, an English advertising executive, moved to the south of France to live a quiet life as a novelist has amused readers since its release in 1989. His book is part memoir and part home repair as he writes about the catastrophes that he and his wife, Jennie, encountered in renovating an 18th-century stone farmhouse in Ménerbes, a village in the Provence region. It is a charming story of the trials and tribulations of dealing with Provençaux repairmen, local farmers, and a delightful assortment of colorful French villagers.