Good reads for lovers of Provence

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.)

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
Provence and the Cote d'Azur: Discover the Spirit of the South of France
The Little Paris Bookshop
Living in Provence
Provence Food and Wine: The Art of Living
France's Vaucluse, the Lubéron & Mont Ventoux
The Boxer and The Goal Keeper: Sartre Versus Camus
Beating the French at Petanque
La Vie Rustic: Recipes, Tips & Tales for a Sustainable Life in the French Style
The Avignon Quintet: Monsieur, Livia, Constance, Sebastian and Quinx
The Plague
The Little Prince
Don Juan
All You Need to Be Impossibly French: A Witty Investigation into the Lives, Lusts, and Little Secrets of French Women
Tales from the Hilltop: A Summer in the other South of France
Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste
Am I French Yet?: One woman's dream to reinvent herself in France ...with her family in tow!
The Most Beautiful Villages of Provence
It's All about Lunch: Life in Provence - A Journal

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