Literary Birthday – 14 June – Peter Mayle

Peter Mayle was born 14 June 1939 and died 18 January 2018.


  1. Very little happens in my books.
  2. I have a terrible weakness for collecting snatches of other people’s conversations, and occasionally I’m rewarded with unusual fragments of knowledge.
  3. Best advice I’ve ever received: Finish.
  4. I’d rather live precariously in my own office than comfortably in somebody else’s.
  5. I have a very set routine. I work six days a week, but only half days. I work from 9 in the morning till 1 in the afternoon, without any interruptions, a fair slug.
  6. Prescription for writer’s block: fear of poverty.

Peter Mayle was a British author noted for his memoirs of life in Provence, France. He moved to southern France in the late 80s, but his plans to write a novel were overtaken by an account of life in his new environment. This resulted in his 1989 book A Year in Provence. His books have been adapted for television and film.

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 14th June 2018