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Stephen Clarke - Author


Stephen Clarke lives in Paris, where he divides his time between writing and not writing. His first novel, A Year in the Merde, originally became a word-of-mouth hit in 2004, and is now published all over the world. Since then he has published three more bestselling Merde novels, as well as Talk to the Snail, an indispensable guide to understanding the French.

Research for Stephen's novels has taken him all over France and America. For 1000 Years of Annoying the French, he has also been breathing the chill air of ruined castles and deserted battlefields, leafing through dusty chronicles, brushing up the medieval French he studied at university and generally losing himself in the mists of history.

He has now returned to present-day Paris, and is doing his best to live the entente cordiale.

If you like Stephen Clarke you might also like to read books by Bill Bryson, John Harding and Peter Mayle.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Stephen Clarke

The Merde Factor (Paul West 5) by Stephen Clarke
The Merde Factor (Paul West 5)
Stephen Clarke
Funny, outrageous, irreverent, politically incorrect and not to be missed! The fifth adventure for our Englishman in France. Paul West is living the Parisian dream (but with no money, no job, nowhere to live), and doing his best not to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/03/2013
The Merde Factor (Paul West 5) by Stephen Clarke
The Merde Factor (Paul West 5)
Stephen Clarke
Englishman Paul West is living the Parisian dream, and doing his best not to annoy the French. But recently things have been going wrong... Listen to an audio extract by clicking on the orange arrow below.
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/09/2012
Paris Revealed : The Secret Life of a City by Stephen Clarke
Paris Revealed : The Secret Life of a City
Stephen Clarke
March 2012 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. We can imagine Parisians are up in arms about the book being published as Stephen Clarke goes behind the scenes to reveal everything they know...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/03/2012
1000 Years of Annoying the French by Stephen Clarke
1000 Years of Annoying the French
Stephen Clarke
February 2011 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Ten centuries' worth of French historical 'facts' bite the dust as Stephen Clarke looks at what has really been going on since 1066... It's a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/01/2011
Merde Happens by Stephen Clarke
Merde Happens
Stephen Clarke
The third novel in the “Merde” series is the best one yet. You don’t have to have read the first two to thoroughly enjoy Paul West’s exploits as he and his French girlfriend travel across the States. English, French and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/03/2008
Talk to the Snail by Stephen Clarke
Talk to the Snail
Stephen Clarke
Not only is this incredibly funny but it is very informative and has wonderfully handy hints about how to handle yourself on a visit to France, including useful phrases for all kinds of situations. If you have been to France...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2007
Merde Actually by Stephen Clarke
Merde Actually
Stephen Clarke
Paul West, an Englishman abroad in the classic sense, observant, astute and very British even though he attempts to infiltrate the French way of life. This comic semi-autobiographical yarn (it must be) follows on from his wonderful A Year in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2006
A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke
A Year in the Merde
Stephen Clarke
Outrageous, irreverent and politically incorrect, a young Englishman copes with the French. The odd spelling as he phoneticizes the French accent takes a bit of getting used to but get passed that, for it really is very funny. The scenario...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/04/2005

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