A Good Year by Peter Mayle

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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.

About Peter Mayle

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Peter Mayle is the author of twelve previous books, six of them novels. A recipient of the Légion d'Honneur from the French government for his cultural contributions, he has been living in Provence with his wife, Jennie, for twenty years.
Published June 1, 2004 by Vintage. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Non-fiction

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even Max can’t drink it, and even Roussel, who oversees the vines and makes Le Griffon, calls it “a little naïve, a little unfinished around the edges.” Then we are led to the mysterious Le Coin Perdu, a Bordeaux from a vineyard too small even for wine tastings, a vineyard that can produce only 6...

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The opening scene is in Provence with Uncle Henry (Albert Finney) and a young Max Skinner (Freddie Highmore) talking over a game of chess and watered down wine.

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An obscenely successful and widely despised shark in the London financial scene, Crowe gets called away from his busy life by news that his beloved uncle Albert Finney has died, leaving Crowe his French estate.

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Entertainment Weekly

The author of ''A Year in Provence'' has satiated readers for years with enticing passages on French joie de vivre.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

This Max to the max is one of the actor's cockiest creations - and his speediest.

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Rolling Stone

He's teamed here with his Gladiator director, Ridley Scott, to film Peter Mayle's souffle of a novel about a London workaholic who inherits a Provence vineyard from his uncle (Albert Finney) and finds serenity.

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A light rose from Ridley Scott compared to the hefty cabernets he usually turns out, "A Good Year" is a divertissement, an excuse for the filmmakers and cast to enjoy a couple of months in Provence and for the audience, by proxy, to spend a couple of hours there.

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