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.
The links will take you to Amazon UK, but you're sure to find the same products in the US. Let us know if you think we've left any must-read titles off the list!
Here are links to a few of our favourite blogs about Provence, Lourmarin and the Luberon.