The Amazing Adventures Of Chilly Billy by Peter Mayle

I am sure many of you remember the hugely entertaining TV mini series ‘A Year in Provence’ starring John Thaw, based on Peter Mayle’s experiences, but I suspect that many of you, like me, had no idea that Peter Mayle had also written children’s books. Check it out here.

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peter_mayleNew York Times and internationally bestselling author Peter Mayle is best known for his books about Provence, but he also wrote a series of children’s books that feature the same brand of charm and wit that his readers love.

Peter, who has five children, wrote The Amazing Adventures of Chilly Billy for his two sons. With illustrations by acclaimed children’s book artist Arthur Robins, it was first published in 1983. The Chilly Billy books sold millions worldwide but went out of print and were more or less forgotten, with some of the original copies selling for a thousand dollars.


Peter still loves these books, but it was his wife, Jennie, who suggested they be re-issued in digital format as well as print. Escargot Books, which has already re-issued several Mayle books, will also be producing this delightful book for their upcoming Ear Movies—innovative radio-theater style audio books—with British actor Terence…

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So it was my turn to do the weekly prompt for the Community Storyboard this week. Check it out here. Have a go and see what you come up with.

Here was my humble effort.


They say tomorrow never comes
It never mattered before
Yesterday, today, tomorrow
Were all a bit of a bore
A time when tomorrow didn’t exist
Before my world was light
When every day merged into one
Nothing ever seemed right

And then it happened, out of the blue
You appeared in my life
Our love it grew, so very strong
With every new discovery

Then, looking towards tomorrow
At what our future holds
Knowing, deep in my heart
That you are all I want

Tomorrow has been a long time coming,
But now it is finally here,
We have wished and wished,
For so very long, and now tomorrow’s here

Some say tomorrow never comes,
But for once they are all wrong
Because so soon, so very soon,
Tomorrow comes along

Now I dream of all those tomorrows
Knowing they will become todays
So now I know they were all wrong
As tomorrow always comes.

The promise of tomorrow
Becomes the reality of today
Soon we’ll be together
and that’s the way we’ll stay

Today is almost yesterday
As tomorrow becomes today
Rather than wait for tomorrow
Let’s turn it into today