A Year in the Merde
By (author) Stephen Clarke
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Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke
Book DescriptionPaul West, a young Englishman, arrives in Paris to start a new job - and finds out what the French are really like They do eat a lot of cheese, some of which smells like pigs' droppings. They don't wash their armpits with garlic soap. Going on strike really is the second national participation sport after petanque. And, yes, they do use suppositories In his first novel, Stephen Clarke gives a laugh-out-loud account of the pleasures and perils of being a Brit in France. Less quaint than A Year in Provence, less chocolatey than Chocolat, A Year in the Merde will tell you how to get served by the grumpiest Parisian waiter; how to make perfect vinaigrette every time; how to make amour - not war; and how not to buy a house in the French countryside
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780552772969
(198mm x 127mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Black Swan
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Stephen Clarke
How the French Won Waterloo, Paperback (June 2016)
Two centuries after the Battle of Waterloo, the French are still in denial. If Napoleon lost on 18 June 1815, then whoever rules the universe got it wrong. The Duke of Wellington was beaten, they say, and then the Prussians jumped into the boxing ring, breaking all the rules of battle. This book reveals the history of Battle of Waterloo.
How the French Won Waterloo - or Think They Did, Paperback (June 2016)
If Napoleon lost on 18 June 1815 (and that's a big 'if'), then whoever rules the universe got it wrong. As soon as the cannons stopped firing, French historians began re-writing history. The Duke of Wellington was beaten, they say, and then the Prussians jumped into the boxing ring, breaking all the rules of battle.
Merde in Europe, Paperback (May 2016)
Does Brussels really want to outlaw bingo, bagpipes and smoky bacon crisps? As Britain prepares to vote whether it stays in or exits the EU, Paul gets the chance to influence the result of the referendum. He has to decide: better the devil you know? Or bring on the Brexit? It's a decision that could cost him a lot more than his euro paypacket...
1000 Years of Annoying the French, Paperback (May 2015)» View all books by Stephen Clarke
Was the Battle of Hastings a French victory? Non! Were the Brits really responsible for the death of Joan of Arc? Non! Did the French write "God Save the Queen"? Non! But that's what they claim. In this book, ten centuries' worth of French historical 'facts' bite the dust as the author looks at what has really been going on since 1066.
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Author Biography - Stephen Clarke
Stephen Clarke is a British journalist and writer working for a French press group in Paris. He has previously written comedy sketches for BBC Radio 4 and jokes for a stand-up comedian. A Year in the Merde is an almost-true account of things that may or may not have happened to him in the ten years he has lived in France, depending on who is asking the question. He is currently working on the next volume of Paul West's adventures.
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