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A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke
  

A Year in the Merde

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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 of setting up English Tea Houses in Paris seems, in my mind, ridiculous from the start; in this author’s hands it’s crazy. Real chuckle aloud stuff.

Comparison: Bill Bryson, Peter Mayle, Tim Moore.
Similar this month: Tom Sharpe, Anthony Horowitz.

If you would like to read more books set in and around Paris, then go to the fabulous City-Lit Guide to Paris where you will find a plethora of titles featured.

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

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A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke

Paul West, a young Englishman, arrives in Paris to start a new job – and finds out what the French are really like. They do eat a lot of cheese, some of which smells like pigs’ droppings.

They don’t wash their armpits with garlic soap. Going on strike really is the second national participation sport after pétanque. And, yes, they do use suppositories. In his first novel, Stephen Clarke gives a laugh-out-loud account of the pleasures and perils of being a Brit in France. Less quaint than A Year in Provence, less chocolatey than Chocolat, A Year in the Merde will tell you how to get served by the grumpiest Parisian waiter; how to make perfect vinaigrette every time; how to make amour – not war; and how not to buy a house in the French countryside.


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

‘Must have comedy-of-errors diary about being a Brit abroad.' Daily Mirror

‘This is the season's word-of-mouth must-have book for Francophiles and Francophobes alike...This comedy of errors has almost certainly 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

1st April 2005

Author

Stephen Clarke

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Publisher

Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Travel
Books for the Boys
The Real World

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780552772969

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