A Year in the Merde

  • by Stephen Clarke
  • Narrated by Michael Praed
  • 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Newcomer of the Year, 2006.

Paul West, a young Englishman, arrives in Paris to start a new job and finds out what the French are really like. They do eat a lot of cheese, some of which smells like pigs' droppings. They don't wash their armpits with garlic soap. Going on strike really is the second national participation sport after petanque. And, yes, they do use suppositories. In his first novel, Stephen Clarke 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, A Year in the Merde will tell you how to get served by the grumpiest Parisian waiter; how to make perfect vinaigrette every time; how to make amour, not war; and how not to buy a house in the French countryside.

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I'm French and I loved it

As a French myself I had no problems with this book! Infact I thought it was really funny. He uses the good old jokes about the French and the observations in the book are very true! I recognised a lot of things about the French in here. I'd recommend it to everyone - French people included.
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- Charlotte

I love this book

If you could sum up A Year in the Merde in three words, what would they be?

funny, charming, enjoyable


What did you like best about this story?

its just a funny good plot


Which character – as performed by Michael Praed – was your favourite?

Jean-Marie Martin


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no its quite long but ive listened to it lots of times


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- Alex

Book Details

  • Release Date: 18-01-2006
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks