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
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.
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.
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! 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
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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