By Peter Mayle
From Peter Mayle, a superb new novel steeped in wine—and the company of wine—and set in, bien sûr, Provence.
Max Skinner isn't precisely environment the London monetary global on fire?and whilst his manager steals his largest shopper, it’s certainly time to examine the winery in Provence that his lately departed uncle left him. Heartily and fortunately distracted upon his arrival through the panorama, the elements, and the food?not to say the attractive notaire handling the property and the beautiful 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 fearful to procure the land? while a stunning younger lady from California arrives with what will be a sound declare at the property, and information of vineyards that a long way outstrips Max’s personal, the plot starts off its twists and becomes and out of really remarkable 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 alternate. it really is Peter Mayle’s such a lot pleasurable, so much delectable novel but.
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You said it had been one of those days. What happened? ” Max described his lunch with Amis and the small humiliations of handing back his car keys and then finding two bruisers in uniform standing over his desk. “So that was the bad news: no bonus, no job, no car. ” He pushed the letter across the table. Charlie took one look at it and shook his head. “Wasted on me, old son. My French isn’t up to it. ” “Remember when we were at school and I used to be packed off to spend the summer holidays in France?
They were at the top end of Threadneedle Street—“handy for the Bank of England,” as the senior Lawton brother was fond of telling his prospective clients. Established in the late eighties, the company had boomed through the nineties with everyone else, merging and acquiring, ducking and diving, and gaining a reputation for savage asset-stripping that was the envy of its more ethical and kindhearted competitors. Now it was often described in the financial press as a model of tough, efficient management, well suited to today’s hard times.
Nobody could call him handsome—he was a little overweight, carelessly dressed, his hair perpetually awry—but he possessed abundant charm, liquid brown eyes, and an evident enthusiasm for the company of women that they seemed to find irresistible. He had so far avoided marriage, but with some difficulty. Max had been less fortunate. He had made the mistake, a few years before, of marrying Charlie’s sister Annabel. The marriage had been turbulent from the start, and had ended badly. Much to Charlie’s disapproval, Annabel had run off to Los Angeles with a film director, and now lived in a four-million-dollar wooden shack on the beach at Malibu.