Originally from England, Peter has called Provence his home for the last 22 years. His professional past includes a long stint in the advertising business which he finally left to pursue his passion, and gift, as a writer. This literary turn saw Mayle contribute to such esteemed papers as the Sunday Times, Financial Times, The Independent, Gentleman's Quarterly and Esquire. Catering to the younger generations, Mayle's sex education series was a huge success but his ultimate claim to fame comes from his series of books detailing personal accounts of life in Provence, namely A Year in Provence which went on to be translated into over 17 languages. Critical acclaim of this text saw it develop into a television series and was also awarded Best Travel Book Of The Year (1989) by the British Book Awards. He was also made a Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honor) by the French government in 2002 for co-operation with the French speaking world.
His written works number 26, two of which were turned into visual representations. A Year in Provence was produced as a TV series, screening in 1993 and A Good Year was the basis for the 2006 film of the same name starring Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard.