Author Peter Mayle, who wrote A Year in Provence, has died at the age of 78, his publisher has said.
The 1989 international best-selling book, which tells of Mayle’s move from England to France, has been turned into a TV series and that has inspired a 2006 film.
He has written about follow-up, Toujours Provence, and Encore Provence, as well as educational and children’s books.
Publisher: Alfred A Knopf said that he died in a hospital near his home in the south of France, after a brief illness.’Beloved writer’
In a statement on Twitter, Knopf, said: “We are sad to report that Peter Mayle, the beloved writer who has written multiple bestselling books on life in Provence, died early, today.”
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Mayle moved from Devon to France at the end of the 1980’s 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, projected in 1993.Listen to Peter Mayle on Desert Island Discs
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 has released Mayle a Chevalier de la Legion d’honneur, or Knight of the Legion of Honor, for his contributions to the culture.