Now in paperback, 'A year in the Merde' by Stephen Clarke pokes gentle fun at parisian life

Being often the butt of jokes about things french or being asked for travel advice regarding 'le pays de l'amour et du camembert' even though I have lived in the USA for 16 years now, the cover of the paperback edition of 'A year in the Merde' by Stephen Clarke, a Paris based british journalist caught my eye. His humourous comments make for a fun and relaxing read. The book is more about parisian life than french life itself. For whatever reason Merde_uk_1 the UK (left) and US (right) Merde_us_1 cover are different.

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We invite you to donate to 'a Menu for Hope', raising funds (Unicef is recipient) for victims of the Kashmir earthquake

Dec 15
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Hot air balloon rides are not just the province of Richard Branson

Dec 19
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