Tributes pour in for “brilliant” Peter of Provence
Bestselling author Peter Mayle, whose book A Year in Provence sparked the French property dreams of thousands of Brits, has been fondly remembered following his death, aged 78. The writer died in January in a hospital near his home in Lourmarin, Vaucluse, after a short illness. Film director Sir Ridley Scott was among those who paid tribute to his friend and neighbour, remembering how his books “brilliantly” captured the humorous competitiveness between the English and French. “Peter was a very kind and successful man,” said Sir Scott, who turned the writer’s bestseller into the 2006 film A Good Year, starring Russell Crowe. “You could feel whatever he did, whatever he touched was going to work.”
Originally from Brighton, Peter moved to Ménerbes in the Luberon hills in 1987 with his wife Jennie to escape his stressful job in advertising. His witty 1989 memoir about their struggles to make a 200-yearold farmhouse habitable, became one of the most successful travel books of all time, selling six million copies. Coincidentally, it was launched the same year as French Property News.
Last year, Peter told FPN that he was enjoying life in his third Luberon home, saying: “We’ve got the most wonderful views onto the valley, with lovely trees. It’s heaven for dogs, just terrific.”