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In the Merde for Love
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Stephen Clarke is a British journalist who has written comedy sketches for BBC Radio. He is the author of Talk to the Snail and the international bestseller A Year in the Merde.

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The title of this fake memoir-as-novel should alert readers as to what they're in for: lots of puns, jokes, wordplay-and playing around in general, with people, events, and feelings. British journalist Clarke's predecessor to this volume, A Year in the Merde, has become an international best seller and a favorite on airplane travelers' reading lists. With this sequel, you will not find yourself in the midst of a guide to Paris and some French garden spots; rather, you will see Paris and the French countryside through the eyes of a smart, late-twentysomething Englishman attempting to open a British tea room in the heart of Paris and win the heart of-or at least a night with-a beautiful young woman named Alexa. Those who enjoyed Clarke's first book will certainly delight in his newest production. However, if you easily tire of vivid bedroom escapades, descriptions of binge drinking, and negative assessments of the French, you may wish to find your amusement elsewhere. Recommended for the fiction rather than travel sections of large public and academic libraries.-Olga B. Wise, Austin, TX Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Praise for Stephen Clarke and "In the Merde for Love" ""
"Call him the anti-Mayle. Stephen Clarke is acerbic, insulting, un-PC and mostly hilarious."--"San Francisco Chronicle"
"Highly entertaining Clarke renders the flavor of life in Paris impeccably: the endless strikes, the sadistic receptionists Clarke's eye for detail is terrific."--"Washington Post"
"Those who enjoyed Clarke's first book will certainly delight in his newest production."--"Library Journal"
"This memoir is full of comic misadventure and misunderstanding, but underlying it is a deep affection for France and its people. Along the way, there is plenty of hilarity."--"Booklist"
"Paul [West] is also a comic, canny observer of French rural customs and English business practices alike."--"Kirkus Reviews""
"Call him the anti-Mayle. Stephen Clarke is acerbic, insulting, un-PC and mostly hilarious."--"San Francisco Chronicle"
"Highly entertaining...Clarke renders the flavor of life in Paris impeccably: the endless strikes, the sadistic receptionists...Clarke's eye for detail is terrific."--"Washington Post"
"Those who enjoyed Clarke's first book will certainly delight in his newest production."--"Library Journal"
"This memoir is full of comic misadventure and misunderstanding, but underlying it is a deep affection for France and its people. Along the way, there is plenty of hilarity."--"Booklist"
"Paul [West] is also a comic, canny observer of French rural customs and English business practices alike."--"Kirkus Reviews"

Call him the anti-Mayle. Stephen Clarke is acerbic, insulting, un-PC and mostly hilarious. "San Francisco Chronicle" Highly entertaining Clarke renders the flavor of life in Paris impeccably: the endless strikes, the sadistic receptionists Clarke's eye for detail is terrific. "Washington Post" Those who enjoyed Clarke's first book will certainly delight in his newest production. "Library Journal" This memoir is full of comic misadventure and misunderstanding, but underlying it is a deep affection for France and its people. Along the way, there is plenty of hilarity. "Booklist" Paul [West] is also a comic, canny observer of French rural customs and English business practices alike. "Kirkus Reviews""


"Call him the anti-Mayle. Stephen Clarke is acerbic, insulting, un-PC and mostly hilarious." --San Francisco Chronicle"Highly entertaining...Clarke renders the flavor of life in Paris impeccably: the endless strikes, the sadistic receptionists...Clarke's eye for detail is terrific." --Washington Post"Those who enjoyed Clarke's first book will certainly delight in his newest production." --Library Journal"This memoir is full of comic misadventure and misunderstanding, but underlying it is a deep affection for France and its people. Along the way, there is plenty of hilarity." --Booklist"Paul [West] is also a comic, canny observer of French rural customs and English business practices alike." --Kirkus Reviews

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