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Merde Actually

by Stephen Clarke
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  • Publisher: Black Swan
  • Publishing date: 03/04/2006
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9780552773089
  • ISBN: 0552773085


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 are there no health warnings on French nudist beaches? And is it really polite to sleep with your boss' mistress? Paul opens his English tea room, and 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 eternel, or will it all end in merde? In his second comedy of errors, Paul West continues to sabotage the entente cordiale. 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.

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  • Chercher Le Femme
    From Amazon

    In this second book of a series, we meet Englishman, Paul West, moderately successful advertising executive, who went to France for a job as the liaison for a Paris based, French company trying to break into the English market. He spends a year dodging French office politics, trying to improve English-French relationships with the Parisian femmes, incurring the wrath and hostility of haughty french waiters, and slip, sliding his way through the local dog merde, which is freely deposited on the Paris sidewalks. At the start of this book, Paul is bringing to fruition, his dream of the first English Tea Room Cafe in Paris. This, of course, is interrupted with the nightmare of dealing with pompous French officials, the reality of trying to hire help who will not be inattentive, inept or outright rude, and all this while trying to wend his way through the arms of various mademoiselle's, looking for his one true love. This is a lighthearted romp through France, with a quick jump across the Channel to London, which will leave you laughing at a transplanted Englishman's travels in La Belle France. The first book in the series is A Year in the Merde one of the latest isDial M for Merde

  • Je l'aime!
    From Amazon

    I love every one of Stephen Clarke's books. I have never laughed so hard reading. Looking forward to getting his newest. I wish these books would also go to the big screen. Hugh Grant?

  • This book is published under two different titles: British "Merde Actually" and American "In the Merde for Love"
    From Amazon

    After reading both of American editions, I looked forward to seeing more of his excellent writing and observation of French life. I saw the "Merde Actually" at a bookstore in Germany and thought it was third edition. I was quite disappointed when I realised that I had actually read the same story albeit different titles in the English edition. What's more, the book cover on American edition is so much beautifully designed and matches the content so much better than the amateurishly done English edition. I've decided not to purchase the English edition anymore American editions! Europeans might be so good in fashions, films, cars, etc., but they are SO horrendous when it comes to book cover designs!

  • true title for this book! Merde Actually
    From Amazon

    The book "In the Merde for Love" occurs along with other books in Amazon's "customers who bought this item also bought" list. I am one of those customers. Thinking that "Merde Actually" was a different book, I ordered it and waited for it to arrive from England. It is the exact SAME book under a different title. It was not mentioned in the book description that there are two titles one for the USA and one for the UK. Since both countries speak the same language this is a mystery. I enjoyed the first two books in the Merde series, but I didn't want a duplicate under a different name.

  • Loved it
    From Amazon

    Merde Actually might not be just as funny as A Year in the Merde, but I still could not stop laughing all the way. Highly recommended even if you are French.

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