A Good Year

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jun 1, 2004 - Fiction - 288 pages
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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.

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A good yarn, nut the ending didn't work for me. - Goodreads
Shame on you Peter Mayle for writing such a bad book! - Goodreads
The plot is sweet, although predictable. - Goodreads
It's a nice introduction to life there. - Goodreads
I loved the imagery of the vineyards. - Goodreads
Very easy to read and imagine as a moving picture. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Cassie - Goodreads

Careful about reading this fluffy novel in public spaces as you may become the person who can't stop laughing. "Tight and bright" writing with fun characters who seem to come to life. It's not overwrought, it's not filled with life lessons, but it is a good escape and dream. Read full review

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User Review  - David Stulov - Goodreads

"There is nowhere else in the world where you can keep busy doing so little and enjoy it so much." Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Peter Mayle eats, drinks, writes, and lives in Provence. This is his ninth book, and his fifth novel.

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