Peter Mayle ( born June 14, 1939, in Brighton) was a British author famous for his series of books detailing life in Provence, France. He spent fifteen years in advertising before leaving the business in 1975 to write educational books, including a series on sex education for children and young people. In 1989, was published and became an international bestseller. His essay have been translated into more than wenty languages, and he ha a contributing riter to agazines and newspapers. Indeed, his secon book, chronicles a year in the life of a British expatriate who settled in the tow of Ménerbes. His ook was the basis for the eponymous 2006 film directed by Ridley Scott and starring actor Russell Crowe. Peter Mayle died in Provence, France.