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A Year in the Merde

(2004)
(The first book in the Paul West series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Waterstone's Newcomer of the Year Best Novel (nominee)
Published privately by the author in English in Paris, A YEAR IN THE MERDE became an immediate local bestseller. Instant word-of-mouth spread like wildfire to England where booksellers began clamouring for it. Now Stephen Clarke's delightful first novel will be rush-published officially in the UK to meet the ever-growing demand of fans. In A YEAR IN THE MERDE Stephen Clarke describes the French as they really are. They're not cheese-eating surrender monkeys, but they do eat a lot of cheese, some of which smells like pigs' droppings. In general, they do not wash their armpits with garlic soap. They are still in shock at being stupid enough to sell Louisiana and thereby losing the chance to make French the global language. Going on strike really is the second national participation sport after petanque. And they really do use suppositories. Paul West, a young Englishman, arrives to set up some "English" tea-rooms in Paris and gives a laugh-out-loud account of the pleasures and perils of being a Brit in France. Less quaint than A Year in Provence, less chocolatey than Chocolat, this book will tell you how to get the best of the grumpiest Parisian waiter, how to survive French meetings, how to make perfect vinaigrette every time, and how not to buy a house in the French countryside.According to Stephen, "all names have been changed to avoid embarrassment, possible legal action and having my legs broken by someone in an Yves Saint Laurent suit (or, quite possibly, a Christian Dior skirt)."

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May 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Year in the Merde
Author(s): Stephen Clarke
ISBN: 1-58234-591-0 / 978-1-58234-591-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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May 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Year in the Merde
Author(s): Stephen Clarke
ISBN: 1-58234-617-8 / 978-1-58234-617-5 (USA edition)
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May 2006 : UK Mass Market Paperback

Title: Year In The Merde
Author(s): Stephen Clarke
ISBN: 0-14-305192-X / 978-0-14-305192-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Canada (APB)
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May 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Year in the Merde
Author(s): Stephen Clarke
ISBN: 0-14-305191-1 / 978-0-14-305191-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Black Swan
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April 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Year In The Merde
Author(s): Stephen Clarke
ISBN: 0-552-77296-8 / 978-0-552-77296-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Black Swan
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March 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Year In The Merde
Author(s): Stephen Clarke
ISBN: 0-552-15307-9 / 978-0-552-15307-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Black Swan
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August 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Year in the Merde
Author(s): Stephen Clarke
ISBN: 0-593-05453-9 / 978-0-7394-6315-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam Press
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April 2004 : Paperback
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Title: A Year in the Merde
Author(s): Stephen Clarke
ISBN: 2952163812 / 978-2952163811
Publisher: Red Garage Books
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2004 : Australia Paperback
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Title: A Year in the Merde
Author(s): Stephen Clarke
ISBN: 1-74051-373-8 / 978-1-74051-373-9 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Random House
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January 2006 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Year in the Merde
Author(s): Stephen Clarke
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
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January 2006 : UK Audio edition
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Title: A Year in the Merde
Author(s): Stephen Clarke
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
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May 2005 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A Year in the Merde
Author(s): Stephen Clarke
ISBN: 1-59397-755-7 / 978-1-59397-755-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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April 2005 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Year in the Merde
Author(s): Stephen Clarke
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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April 2005 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Year in the Merde
Author(s): Stephen Clarke
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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April 2005 : UK Audio CD
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Title: A Year In The Merde
Author(s): Stephen Clarke
ISBN: 1-85686-822-2 / 978-1-85686-822-8 (UK edition)
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Kindle Editions

December 2008 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: A Year in the Merde
Author(s): Stephen Clarke
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September 2008 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Year In The Merde
Author(s): Stephen Clarke
Publisher: Transworld Digital
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