Talk to the Snail, Paperback
2.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Have you been taken to what you've been assured is the perfect house deep in the French countryside, only to find there's no electricity or running water?

Gone to the doctor with a nasty cough, and been diagnosed with a rather more personal complaint?

Walked into an half-empty restaurant, only to be told that it's complet?

If the answer to any of the above is oui, "Talk to the Snail" is the book for you.

Find out how to get served in a restaurant; the best way to deal with French hypochondria; learn the language of love, sex and suppositories (not necessarily in that order); it's all here in this funny, informative, seriously useful guide on how to get what you really want from the French.

With advice on essential phrases and bons mots to cover all eventualities, and illustrated with witty real-life anecdotes, "Talk to the Snail" is a book that no self-respecting Francophile - or Francophobe - can afford to be without.

Don't go to France without reading this book. And don't even think of buying a house there.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Humour
  • ISBN: 9780552773683



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Ever though "I wish I had a handy book full of stereotypes about the French that I could refrence with vague justification for them and the air of a joke so I don't have to feel bad about laughing at them?" No? Me neither. That's what this book is. If you enjoy sweeping national stereotypes with a little pop psychology to justify them and some lite humour so you don't feel bad about it then no doubt this book will be just the thing for you. If not, well, I'd give it a miss. I mean, it's easy to read and some of the humour is good, but in generaly I'm really not sure what this book was trying to achieve.

Review by

A funny read about life in France. Starts with the little voice in every Frenchman's head: "I'm French. I'm right". There's not a lot more to say, really. There are other details - how to approach the unhelpful person in a service delivery position (acknowledge that it is your fault - never theirs) and much more.Read August 2015

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