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Perfume from Provence (original 1935; edition 1938)

by Lady Winifred Fortescue (Author), E h Shepard (Illustrator)

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Title:Perfume from Provence
Authors:Lady Winifred Fortescue (Author)
Other authors:E h Shepard (Illustrator)
Info:Blackwood and Sons (1938)
Collections:Your library
Tags:Non-Fiction, Memoir, France, Perfume from Provence, 001, 1930's, 2011

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Perfume from Provence by Winifred Fortescue (1935)



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Gentle and astute obsevations from an impoverished Brit who bought a house in Provence in the early 1930s. Descriptions of moving day, local customs, general life etc, with humour: she pokes gentle fun not just at the locals but at the foibles of the British gentry of the times. A bit long-winded in places, but generally a pleasant and enjoyable read. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
Charming, lovely use of language, and the illustrations by E.H. Shepard are delightful ( )
  PennyMck | Nov 27, 2013 |
Very nice read. Timeless. Reminiscent of Ferenc Mate or Peter Mayle. ( )
  Harrod | May 16, 2013 |
I didn't really read the blurb about this book properly and as a consequence, I was expecting something along the lines of A Year in Provence. Whilst there are parallels, Winifred Fortescue and her husband moved to Provence in the 1930s, and the anecdotes that she shares in this book very much reflect those times.

Reading with modern eyes, the author's slightly patronising attitude towards the local populace is somewhat uncomfortable, but Lady Fortescue's love of the provencal countryside is infectious, and her descriptions make the land come alive. An interesting read. ( )
  cazfrancis | Dec 4, 2010 |
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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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After losing all their money in the 1929 crash, Sir John and Lady Fortescue sold up and bought a tumble down cottage in Grasse. Their trials and tribulations are told, humorously, of trying to rebuild the house, living with the villagers and trying to adapt to a new way of life.… (more)

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