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  • Published: 1 September 2005
  • ISBN: 9781741660623
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $19.99

Merde, Actually



By the bestselling author of A YEAR IN THE MERDE
MORE THAN 100,000 COPIES SOLD OF A YEAR IN THE MERDE IN EUROPE!
Merde is hot. Merde hot!
French women may not get fat, the Euro may be soaring but that shouldn't stop you from enjoying the perils and pleasures of Parisian life found in the follow-up to the best-selling A YEAR IN THE MERDE!
11,000 copies of A YEAR IN THE MERDE have sold since last October. It's been a real word-of-mouth book and proves that poo and Paris sells - it's a wicked combination. A YEAR IN THE MERDE is a bestseller in France and the UK with sales totalling more than 100,000. It's also about to take the U.S by storm.

A year after arriving in France, Englishman Paul West is still struggling with some fundamental questions: What is the best way to scare a gendarme? Why do French job applicants put sexually transmitted diseases on their CVs? Why are there no public health warnings on French nudist beaches? And how do you cope with a plague of courgettes? Paul also mutates (temporarily) into a Parisian waiter; samples the pleasures of typically French hotel-room afternoons; and, on a return visit to the UK, sees the full horror of a British office party through Parisian eyes. Meanwhile, he continues his search for the perfect French mademoiselle. But will Paul find l'amour 'ternel, or will it all end in merde?

* Author's apology: "I'd just like to say sorry to all the suppository fans out there, because in this book there are no suppositories. There are, however, lots of courgettes, and I see this as progress. Suppositories to courgettes - I think it proves that I'm developing as a writer." Stephen Clarke

  • Published: 1 September 2005
  • ISBN: 9781741660623
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Stephen Clarke

Dr Stephen Clarke is a history graduate of the University of Otago and the University of New South Wales. His long-time interest has been the social and cultural impact of war on New Zealand society with expertise in the observance of Anzac Day. After two years as Historian with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Dr Clarke joined the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association in 2001 to work on national projects and later public relations. As Chief Executive he led the strategic transformation and rebrand of the RSA between 2008 and 2013. This was followed by a year at the Royal British Legion in London, where as the first Head of Remembrance he oversaw the start of the First World War Centenary programme. He is an independent historian and founding director of Making History Ltd.

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Praise for Merde, Actually

‘Merde turns to gold!’ The Guardian

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