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Description - A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke

There 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 Details

ISBN: 9781740513739
ISBN-10: 1740513738
Format: Paperback
(199mm x 129mm x 19mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Random House Australia
Publisher: Random House Australia
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2004
Country of Publication: Australia

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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-

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