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Year in Provence author Peter Mayle dies, aged 78

Year in Provence author Peter Mayle dies, aged 78

Author Peter Mayle, who wrote A Year in Provence, has died aged 78, his publisher has said.The 1989 international bestselling book, which chronicled Mayle's move from England to France, was turned into a TV series and inspired a 2006 film.He wrote follow-ups Toujours Provence and Encore Provence, as well as educational and children's books.Publisher Alfred A Knopf said he died in a hospital near his home in the south of France after a short illness.
'Beloved writer'
In a statement on Twitter, Knopf said: "We are sad to report that Peter Mayle, the beloved writer who wrote multiple bestselling books about life in Provence, died early today."
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We are sad to report that Peter Mayle, the beloved writer who wrote multiple bestselling books about life in Provence, died early today at a hospital near his home in the south of France. He was 78. pic.twitter.com/71oJP9oVYI— Alfred A. Knopf (@AAKnopf) January 18, 2018
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Mayle moved from Devon to France in the late 1980s and wrote A Year in Provence about his first year as a British expat in a village in the south of France.It was turned into a TV series starring John Thaw, which screened in 1993.
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The 2006 film A Good Year, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard, was also loosely based on the book. In 2002, the French government awarded Mayle a Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur, or Knight of the Legion of Honour, for his contributions to culture.
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