Trib­utes pour in for “bril­liant” Pe­ter of Provence

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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.”

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