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Talk to the Snail by Stephen Clarke

Talk to the Snail

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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 you will recognise so many of the characteristics of the French Clarke describes and if you haven’t been it is essential reading to help you understand the way their mind-set works. You might also enjoy A Year in the Merde and Merde Actually by the same author.

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


Talk to the Snail by Stephen Clarke

The only book you'll need to understand what the French really think, how to get on with them and, and most importantly, how to get the best out of them.

With useful sections on:

·Making sure you get served in a café
·Harassing French estate agents
·Living with bacteria
·Pronouncing French swear-words
·Surviving the French driving experience
·Falling in amour, Paris-style

And beaucoup beaucoup more!


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'Edgier than Bryson, hits harder than Mayle'
The Times

'Must have comedy-of-errors diary about being a Brit abroad'

'Done more for the Entente Cordiale than any of our politicians'
Daily Mail

About the Author

Stephen Clarke

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.

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Publication date

2nd July 2007


Stephen Clarke

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Transworld Publishers Ltd


272 pages


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