This week’s we’re talking all about a memoir, A Year in Provence, a book that may not have changed the face of the French village of Ménerbes, but apparently changed the rest of it.
It sold 6 million + copies over the past 30 years and was translated into 40 languages, sending tourists from all over the world to find out exactly what was so charming about the little village.
The memoir was the subject for The Earful Tower’s Book Club for October and I, too, stopped into the village to take a look around and speak to the locals about how it changed lives.
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Spent today in Ménerbes, The village where A Year in Provence was set. Chatted to the locals, had a thorough explore, and an espresso in a cafe with an incredible view. Was surprised at just how beautiful the town was. More info for book club members, and I think a full podcast episode at some point soon.
Referenced in the podcast is this obituary of Peter Mayle from The Telegraph, and this article from the Washington Post, A Sneer in Provence.
And here’s my video from the village itself. Please subscribe on YouTube.
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November’s book? Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky. Get it now and get reading.
PS: Also mentioned in the show was the nearby town of Bonnieux, which is pictured below.