Synopses & Reviews
Unearthing a Provence beyond the idea of a holiday home for the rich moved south for the summer, this book explores the cultural idiosyncrasies and deeply anchored heritage of this Mediterranean land. It offers a profound reflection on a way of life that, the author tells us, is still worth living today.
"Like Tuscany, Provence has been trampled over by too many writers in recent years. But Nicholas Woodsworth, a former Africa correspondent for the Financial Times and a Provencal by marriage, looks as though he could break the curse of Mayle. I’m giving him a chance." -- William Grimes for the New York Times
Canadian born author and rolling stone discovers the earthy yet exhilarating Mediterranean roots of his Provencal
A region steeped in fable and myth, Provence can accurately be called on the cultural crossroads of European history. A source of inspiration to artists, poets and troubadours it is also an enviable refuge for the wealthy and fashionable. Writer Nicholas Woodsworth married into a Provencal family and has lived in the region for decades. He lovingly and carefully notes every facet and detail of life in Provence and provides a refreshing antidote to the rose and romantic view of it being a perennial sunny destination for tourists.
About the Author
Nicholas Woodsworth was born in Ottawa, Canada in 1953 and grew up in a diplomatic family in Africa and Asia. He became the Financial Times Africa Correspondent in the late 1980s, and was the Weekend FT's staff travel write4r from 1989 to 2003. He lives with his wife in Aix-en-Provence.