- Peter Mayle relaxing in Provence
An Interview with Mayle’s Widow
- Photo by Lehtikuva/Shutterstock
- Peter Mayle and Jennie in Menerbes 1993
Corinne sent me this synopsis of what she learned during her interview with Jennie:
“Peter and Jennie Mayle fell in love over lunch and were together for almost 40 years. That fateful lunch was actually a business meeting. Peter was creative director at an ad agency and Jennie ran her own production company. She thought “my God, he’s drop-dead gorgeous and absolutely charming, and happily he reciprocated her feelings.
The pair ran away from failed marriages in England and spent three years in New York before moving to the south of France so that Peter could write full-time. Both appreciated the slower pace and the light. Jennie remembers that “it took us about five minutes to adjust upon arrival. We absolutely loved it and never wanted to leave.”
Jennie is now on a mission. She wants to introduce Peter’s timeless storytelling to a new generation of fans and armchair travelers. She was by his side and was a prominent figure in several of his 14 books, as he single-handedly created the now much imitated travel-inspired novel writing category.
I asked Jennie if there was something not widely known about Peter that she wanted to share. Almost immediately, she volunteered that “he was a very humble man. He believed it was pretentious of us to think we were anything special.”
In terms of what she misses most about him, his sense of humor is at the top of her list followed closely by his affection. She recalled that “once I got over the worst part (after he died), I felt terribly lucky. Many people don’t find love like that in their entire lives. I met my prince charming on the white charger. How many people can say that?”
You can see Corinne’s full interview with Jennie Mayle by clicking HERE!
*Note: Featured image photographed by Carey More
Peter Mayle’s Books
- 6 million copies sold
You can view (and purchase) the trilogy of Mayle’s Provence memoirs by clicking on the following links. While a little outdated, they still capture the charm of this beloved area.
They have a prominent place in my library. I am starting to read them all again.
Note: When you arrive at the sites, make sure you see the flag of the country in which you live at the top right-hand corner. If you need to change the country, click the arrow and follow the instructions to arrive at the appropriate site. Many thanks.
Winner of the 2nd Giveaway for Annual Members!
Last week, I launched this next Giveaway for Annual Members only, asking them
to leave a comment on last week’s blog.
I was delighted to hear from so many of you, and put all the names into a hat, and did the draw.
Ta dum… and the Winner is Julie Buckley from Blue Mountains, Canada!
Julie will receive
TWO Hardcover Cook Books by Hilary Davis.
A retail value of $95 CAD/$75 USD
- Cookbook Author Hilary Davis
Note: Next Annual Members Draw — Sept. 2021
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Diana Bishop the founder of The Success Story Program and A Woman of a Certain Age in Paris as well as a well-known correspondent with over 25 years working for CTV, CBC News, and NBC News. She loves travel, writing, and all things Parisienne.