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

Merde, Actually

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By the bestselling author of A YEAR IN THE MERDE
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

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

About the Author

Stephen Clarke

Stephen Clarke lives in Paris, where he divides his time between writing and not writing.

His Merde novels have been bestsellers all over the world, including France. His non-fiction books include Talk to the Snail, an insider's guide to understanding the French; How the French Won Waterloo (or Think They Did), an amused look at France's continuing obsession with Napoleon; Dirty Bertie: An English King Made in France, a biography of Edward VII; and 1000 Years of Annoying the French, which was a number one bestseller in Britain.

Research for The French Revolution and What Went Wrong took him deep into French archives in search of the actual words, thoughts and deeds of the revolutionaries and royalists of 1789. He has now re-emerged to ask modern Parisians why they have forgotten some of the true democratic heroes of the period, and opted to idolize certain maniacs.

Follow Stephen on @SClarkeWriter and www.stephenclarkewriter.com

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Praise for Merde, Actually

“‘Merde turns to gold!’ The Guardian”

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