Merde Actually, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (3 ratings)


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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This "Merde" and the previous "A Year in the Merde" are wonderful - they kept me laughing at stories of what is the typical Englishman confronted by everything French, sometimes winning and sometimes stepping straight in the . . . We want more from Stephen Clarke, please!

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The saga continues with a wonderful tempo.

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Not quite as entertaining as [book:A Year in the Merde] but still enjoyable. Both the story and the protagonist move/grow suitably. Humourous light reading.

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