Jean Carrière (born 6 August 1928 Nîmes – 7–8 May 2005 Domessargues near Nîmes) was a French writer.
Originally from Cape Corsine by his mother, Andree Paoli, he was secretary to Jean Giono (on whom he wrote an essay) in Manosque, music critic in Paris, literary columnist at the ORTF. He began his career of writer with his novel Retour à Uzès in 1967, (Académie française prize). He has published twenty books, mainly novels.
Winner of the Prix Goncourt in 1972 for L’Épervier de Maheux, published by Jean-Jacques Pauvert, success (2 million copies, translated into 14 languages). His father was killed, crushed by a drunk driver, and he plunged into a depression, after a divorce.
He was passionate about music (his father was a conductor and his maternal grandfather, Toussaint Paoli, had a violin shop in Nîmes) and film (he met the actress Sigourney Weaver to whom he dedicated a book); he prepared a new novel and a book on Maurice Ravel.
After the huge success of his work, Épervier, he stayed away from the literary salons of Paris, and the media which had classified him a regionalist writer.
After a long stay in his cottage in Saint-Sauveur-Camprieu near Mont Aigoual, he lived for twenty years in a house at the foot of the vineyards, Domessargues, where his funeral took place on 11 May 2005.