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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


‘Merde turns to gold!’ The Guardian

'A word-of-mouth must-have for le tout Paris.' The Guardian

'Clarke is able to distil, wittily and gently, the difference between Us and Them.' The Sunday Times

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    September 1, 2005

    Random House Australia

    416 pages

    RRP $32.99

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