By Peter Mayle
From Peter Mayle, an excellent new novel steeped in wine—and the company of wine—and set in, bien sûr, Provence.
Max Skinner isn't really precisely environment the London monetary international on fire?and whilst his manager steals his greatest customer, it’s certainly time to examine the winery in Provence that his lately departed uncle left him. Heartily and fortunately distracted upon his arrival by means of the panorama, the elements, and the food?not to say the beautiful notaire handling the property and the lovely proprietor of the neighborhood bistro?Max nearly forgets approximately his inherited property.
Which could have been a good suggestion, as the wine produced there's swill. yet then why, Max has to ask yourself, is his caretaker so nervous to obtain the land? while a stunning younger girl from California arrives with what could be a valid declare at the property, and data of vineyards that a ways outstrips Max’s personal, the plot starts its twists and becomes and out of really extraordinary problems and resolutions.
This is luscious reading?soothing us with the sensual wonders of Provence whereas it tells a desirable story of the highly profitable and aggressive boutique-wine exchange. it truly is Peter Mayle’s so much gratifying, such a lot delectable novel but.
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He found the Peugeot’s driver already installed, and they nodded to one another, two men with the same urgent mission. After a while, Max broke the silence. “Nice day,” he said. ” The man shrugged, zipped, lit a cigarette, and nodded once again before going back to his car, leaving Max to reflect on the insouciant French attitude to bodily functions. He couldn’t imagine the same episode taking place on the Kingston bypass back in England, where such activities—if carried out at all—would be conducted in an atmosphere of furtive embarrassment, with many a contorted and guilty glance over the shoulder, in dread of a passing police car and subsequent arrest for indecent exposure.
Let’s have a little cheese to go with the rest of the wine, shall we? ” Charlie leaned across the table, one finger tapping on the cloth to emphasize his words. “First, you’ve arrived at a moment in your life of marvelous freedom. No deadlines, no appointments, no responsibilities . ” “No money,” said Max. “. . a detail I shall come to in a moment. This is a turning point, an ideal time for you to take a break, look at what fate and Uncle Henry have dumped in your lap, and decide what you want to do.
A row of attics that ran the length of the third floor of the house . ” “Not attics, Max. Staff accommodation,” murmured Charlie. “Excellent. ” “. . I think there were half a dozen bedrooms and two or three bathrooms. Oh, and a grass tennis court and outbuildings, barns and things like that. ” “I can see it now. Sounds to me like a stately home. General state of repair and decoration? ” Max shook his head. “No? Well, they’ve probably been keeping him busy in the Cotswolds. ” “Not great.