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Publisher Comments:

From Peter Mayle, a wonderful new novel steeped in wine — and the business of wine — and set in, bien sûr, Provence.

Max Skinner is not exactly setting the London financial world on fire — and when his supervisor steals his biggest client, it's definitely time to inspect the vineyard in Provence that his recently departed uncle left him. Heartily and happily distracted upon his arrival by the landscape, the weather, and the food — not to mention the gorgeous notaire handling the estate and the stunning owner of the local bistro — Max almost forgets about his inherited property.

Which might have been a good idea, because the wine produced there is swill. But then why, Max has to wonder, is his caretaker so anxious to acquire the land? When a beautiful young woman from California arrives with what might be a legitimate claim on the estate, and knowledge of vineyards that far outstrips Max's own, the plot begins its twists and turns into and out of truly wonderful complications and resolutions.

This is luscious reading — soothing us with the sensual wonders of Provence while it tells a fascinating tale of the hugely lucrative and competitive boutique-wine trade. It is Peter Mayle's most satisfying, most delectable novel yet.

Review:

"Mayle's breezy, uncomplicated fifth novel (Chasing Cezanne, etc.) and ninth book follows 30-something Max Skinner from a sabotaged financial career in London to his adoption of the Provençal lifestyle on an inherited vineyard in France. Max spent holidays at his Uncle Henry's vineyard as a child, so when he inherits the place, the prospect of returning is tempting; a generous 'bridging loan' from ex-brother-in-law Charlie seals the deal. The estate, Le Griffon, is in a dire state of disrepair and the wine cellar is filled with bottles of a dreadful-tasting swill, but it's nothing that vineyard caretaker Claude Roussel and prim housekeeper Madame Passepartout can't resolve. Max settles into his new life easily thanks to the attentions of local notary Nathalie Auzet and busty cafe owner Fanny. The arrival of young Californian 'wine brat' Christie Roberts, Uncle Henry's long-lost daughter, complicates matters for Max, but her surprise offer and Charlie's arrival lessen the impact of a vicious vineyard scandal involving a delicious, high-priced, discreetly produced wine called Le Coin Perdu. Mayle's simple story provides lighthearted if unadventurous reading and a fond endorsement of the pleasures of viniculture." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[A]nother of [Mayles's] wise, witty, and sophisticated novels....The entertaining threads in this absolutely embracing novel are woven into a vibrant design." Brad Hooper, Booklist

Review:

"A delightful divertissement....[P]lenty of...local color, comic dalliances and a feastful of entertainment." The Seattle Times

Review:

"Happily snide (and knowledgeable)....Wicked turns of phrase....Quite agreeable, with an insouciant nose...perfect for summer reading." Chicago Sun-Times

Review:

"Mayle makes Provence sound like the most enticing place this side of paradise. Reservations, anyone?" People

Review:

"Bubbly, light-hearted, good-natured....[Mayle’s] descriptions of food and country ambience...live up to his reputation." The Baltimore Sun

Review:

"Fast-moving and fun....[A] deliciously light-hearted tale....The Provencal life never tasted so good." Rocky Mountain News

Review:

"[T]he formula is presented practically bare-bones, with only cursory attempts at embellishment....As entertaining as Peter Mayle can be, he might aim a bit higher — if not for his own entertainment, then for ours." Washington Post

Synopsis:

From the bestselling author of Chasing Cezanne comes a satisfying and delectable novel that portrays the sensual wonders of Provence while it tells a fascinating tale of the hugely lucrative and competitive boutique-wine trade.

Synopsis:

Mayle's most satisfying and delectable novel yet portrays the sensual wonders of Provence while it tells a fascinating tale of the hugely lucrative and competitive boutique-wine trade.

Synopsis:

The writer with a claim to being the worlds 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 uncles 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 eats, drinks, writes, and lives in Provence. This is his ninth book, and his fifth novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307277756
Author:
Mayle, Peter
Publisher:
Vintage
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Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20050614
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.15 x .65 in .45 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Mayle's breezy, uncomplicated fifth novel (Chasing Cezanne, etc.) and ninth book follows 30-something Max Skinner from a sabotaged financial career in London to his adoption of the Provençal lifestyle on an inherited vineyard in France. Max spent holidays at his Uncle Henry's vineyard as a child, so when he inherits the place, the prospect of returning is tempting; a generous 'bridging loan' from ex-brother-in-law Charlie seals the deal. The estate, Le Griffon, is in a dire state of disrepair and the wine cellar is filled with bottles of a dreadful-tasting swill, but it's nothing that vineyard caretaker Claude Roussel and prim housekeeper Madame Passepartout can't resolve. Max settles into his new life easily thanks to the attentions of local notary Nathalie Auzet and busty cafe owner Fanny. The arrival of young Californian 'wine brat' Christie Roberts, Uncle Henry's long-lost daughter, complicates matters for Max, but her surprise offer and Charlie's arrival lessen the impact of a vicious vineyard scandal involving a delicious, high-priced, discreetly produced wine called Le Coin Perdu. Mayle's simple story provides lighthearted if unadventurous reading and a fond endorsement of the pleasures of viniculture." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[A]nother of [Mayles's] wise, witty, and sophisticated novels....The entertaining threads in this absolutely embracing novel are woven into a vibrant design."
"Review" by , "A delightful divertissement....[P]lenty of...local color, comic dalliances and a feastful of entertainment."
"Review" by , "Happily snide (and knowledgeable)....Wicked turns of phrase....Quite agreeable, with an insouciant nose...perfect for summer reading."
"Review" by , "Mayle makes Provence sound like the most enticing place this side of paradise. Reservations, anyone?"
"Review" by , "Bubbly, light-hearted, good-natured....[Mayle’s] descriptions of food and country ambience...live up to his reputation."
"Review" by , "Fast-moving and fun....[A] deliciously light-hearted tale....The Provencal life never tasted so good."
"Review" by , "[T]he formula is presented practically bare-bones, with only cursory attempts at embellishment....As entertaining as Peter Mayle can be, he might aim a bit higher — if not for his own entertainment, then for ours."
"Synopsis" by , From the bestselling author of Chasing Cezanne comes a satisfying and delectable novel that portrays the sensual wonders of Provence while it tells a fascinating tale of the hugely lucrative and competitive boutique-wine trade.
"Synopsis" by , Mayle's most satisfying and delectable novel yet portrays the sensual wonders of Provence while it tells a fascinating tale of the hugely lucrative and competitive boutique-wine trade.
"Synopsis" by , The writer with a claim to being the worlds 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 uncles 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.

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