A Good Year
The writer with a claim to being the world’s 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 uncle’s 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.
What people are saying - Write a review
Other editions - View all
afternoon almond biscuits Amis bedroom better Bordeaux bottle café Calvados cassoulet chair Charlie’s Christie and Charlie Christie’s clients coffee couldn’t course crème brûlée dance dark didn’t door dressed drink English eyebrows eyes face Fanny Fanny’s feel fingers finished Fitzgerald floor France French Frenchman front girl glass going grapes hair hand he’d I’ve kitchen Le Griffon leaned London Luberon lunch Madame Passepartout Maître Auzet Max looked Max shook Max thought Max’s Monsieur Max Montblanc pen morning mouth Nathalie Auzet never nose notaire oenologue paso doble paused photograph picked pink Provence remember restaurant Roussel SaintPons shaking shook his head shoulder shrugged Skinner smile sommelier sound square stood sunglasses sure tasting tell there’s told took turned Uncle Henry village vines vineyard waiting watched What’s wine you’re young Yves Montand