There are literally thousands of books about Provence: guide books, armchair travel companions, historic overviews, culture, food, wine … not to mention the novels and “expat” stories set in Provence. So where does one start?
Well, we’ve read lots of them; some are simply marvellous (thanks, Peter Mayle for making it an impossible act to follow) and some are a bit ropey (there are only so many “I also renovated a farmhouse in Provence” stories we can take!). So to help you immerse yourself in the culture, scenery, etiquette, history, cuisine and ambience of Provence – either before you arrive or to enjoy while you’re here – we’ve chosen a few of our favourites in the list below. There are a few additional French-themed wild cards thrown in there too.
Let us know if you think we’ve left any must-read titles off the list!
(Links to our Amazon UK Goodreads list. We don’t receive any money if you make a purchase.)