Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke
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Year in the Merde
By Stephen Clarke

A Year in the Merde

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Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke

Book Awards

  • Shortlisted for British Book Awards: Newcomer of the Year 2006.

Book Description

Paul 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 Details

ISBN: 9780552772969
ISBN-10: 0552772968
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 127mm x 24mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Black Swan
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Merde in Europe by Stephen Clarke Merde in Europe, Paperback (March 2017)

An Englishman, Paul West, goes to Brussels to work for a French MEP. There he gets an insider's view of what really goes on in the massive madhouse that is the EU Parliament. When the Brexit result comes in, he has to make a decision. If he wants to work in Europe, should he apply for a French passport? But can an Englishman really become French?

How the French Won Waterloo by 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 by Stephen Clarke 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.

1000 Years of Annoying the French by Stephen Clarke 1000 Years of Annoying the French, Paperback (May 2015)

Was the Battle of Hastings a French victory? Non! William the Conqueror was Norman and hated the French. This title features new annoyances inflicted on the French, including Napoleon's banned chamber pot, Louis XIV's painful operation, Anglo-French jibes during the 2012 London Olympics, and, French niggles about William and Kate's royal wedding.

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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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