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Perfume from Provence

Perfume from Provence

Author(s): Lady Fortescue

Location(s): Nice

Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs

Era(s): 1930s



The original story of falling for France, Perfume from Provence was first published in 1935 and became a best-seller. Winifred Fortescue was an actress who rubbed shoulders with the likes of Jerome K. Jerome and George Bernard Shaw when she married Sir John Fortescue, the king’s librarian and archivist and famous historian of the British Army. Tempted by a better climate and the cheaper cost of living, they left England and found a stone house amid olive groves, high in the hills above Nice. Almost at once they were bewitched by the landscape and especially their garden – delightful terraces of vines, wild flowers, roses and lavender – and by the charming, warm-hearted and wily Provençals. Winifred’s witty account of life with stonemasons, craftsmen and gardeners as they extend the house is an enchanting read.

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This is the original “Let’s go to France where the weather is better and where it’s cheaper” – BPM (in other words ‘Before Peter Mayle” who is the most well known chronicler of moving...

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