A Year in the Merde
By (author) Stephen Clarke
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Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke
Book DescriptionThere are lots of French people who are not at all hypocritical, inefficient, aggressive, arrogant, adulterous or incredibly sexy. They just didn't make it into this book ...A YEAR IN THE MERDE is the almost-true account of a year in the life of Brit expat, Stephen Clarke. Inspired partly by the culture shock on his arrival in Paris in September 2002, and partly by the enviable sales figures of Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence , Stephen started keeping a diary of his hilarious experiences chez the French. As The Guardian newspaper reported, Stephen printed several hundred copies in his garage to send to friends, just for fun. Within a few weeks, however, his parodic novel became a word of mouth must have book in Paris and in some bookstores, outsold Clinton's memoirs. The story of a 27-year-old lad, a cross between Hugh Grant and David Beckham who is hired to open a tearoom in Paris, Clarke recounts everything from the perils of slippery dog poo (650 Parisians hospitalised per year) to a deconstruction of extravagant lingerie. The best way to find an apartment in Paris? Get a French girlfriend and move in. The French way to treat a cold? Use a suppository. The French national s
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781740513739
(199mm x 129mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Random House Australia
Publisher: Random House Australia
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2004
Country of Publication: Australia
Books By Author 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, 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.
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
In 2004, Stephen Clarke, a British journalist, published A Year in the Merde, an almost-true account of what may-or-may-not have happened in to him in the ten previous years he'd lived in France. He originally published the novel in a edition of 200 copies, with the intention of selling them through his website or giving them to his friends. However, following a reading in a Canadian bookshop in Paris and a write-up in a French newspaper, the book became a word-of-mouth bestseller and was published around the world. He lives in Paris where he divides his time between writing and not writing. For more information about Stephen Clarke and his books, visit his website- www.stephenclarkewriter.com
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