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Hotel Pastis

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As many of his book are, this delightful novel by Peter Mayle is once again set in rural France. The story centers around the adventures of three characters who are building and opening a hotel. Tangled up with the main plot are a bank robbery, a kidnapping and a Mafia hit man. Peter Mayle was educated at Brighton College, England, and later at Harrison College, Barbados. He left school at sixteen and returned to England, where he failed to distinguish himself as a waiter and a laundry van driver before joining Shell as a trainee. He left Shell to join David Ogilvy's advertising agency in New York, and subsequently spent nearly fifteen years in the advertising business on both sides of the Atlantic before leaving honest employment to become a writer. His first book, Where Did I Come From? explaining the facts of life to children, was published in 1973 and is still in print today, more than three million copies later. In 1987, he moved to Provence with the intention of writing a novel, but the distractions of his life interfered. These become the material for A Year in Provence, which was published in 1989. It has now been translated into 38 languages, and has sold between five and six million copies. It also spent three years on both the London Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller lists. The sequel, Toujours Provence, followed in 1991. Since then, there have been a number of novels, including A Good Year, which in 2007 was made into a film starring Russell Crowe and directed by Ridley Scott. He has often been asked about his hobbies. The record will show the he has at various times professed an interest in amateur genetic engineering, musical espionage, diamond cutting, brain surgery for beginners, nude fencing and several other unusual leisure activities. These, alas, are all lies-attempts to add a little interest to an area of personal life that is normally devoted to less dramatic pursuits such as gardening and golf. In fact, his principal hobby
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