"In the Merde for Love" by Stephen Clarke

April 6, 2011  by Kris from La Reportiste

I would first like to thank Madam Fifi Flowers, for so graciously allowing me the pleasure of reviewing the book, In the Merde for Love by Stephen Clarke. Oui, oui

Stephen Clarke is a British Journalist who has written comedy sketches for the BBC and is also the author of A Year In the Merde, Merde Happens, Talk to the Snail and 1000 Years Of Annoying The French which is not yet available in the USA at this time.

In The Merde For Love is the sequel to A Year In The Merde. It is the continuation of an Englishman, Paul West’s adventures and struggles to figure out all the complexities that surround life while living in France, starting up a Tea Room, still searching for the perfect mademoiselle and finding that one true l’amour eternal.

The first several chapters of the book take you on an two week trip with current girlfriend, Florence, the accident in his girlfriends father’s car on a roundabout, dealing with the gendarmes, and his first meeting with Florence’s mum which turns out to be a disaster. The following chapters deal with the opening of his Tea Room near the Champs-Elysees the dealings with the architecture, builders, and the cast of characters he employs.

Throughout this entire adventure he never loses contact with Alexa, a woman who he previously was in a relationship with, cheated on, regretted and his desire to get her back.

This book is hilarious with all sorts of frustrations on how very difficult it can be to work and live among the French. It is not without some very “off colored” remarks and if you are a person who is easily offended then this book may not be for you. I find Stephen Clarke to be a superb and clever writer with a wonderful sense of humor that truly captures the spirit of living and working in France.

"In the Merde for Love" is available for purchase HERE


Meet Author Stephen Clarke
Reading is Fashionable received a HILARIOUS interview with the author!


martinealison said...

Je suppose que ce livre doit être terriblement drôle à lire... Je note et vérifie que je peux me le procurer en France!
gros bisous

Deborah Lawrenson said...

These books are great fun - I've read two of them, and can highly recommend for light-hearted reading with quite a bit of inside French track thrown in.

Kari said...

I'm always looking for new books! Excited to check this one out! Here from #commenthour


Lindsey said...

This sounds like a fun book! I'll check it out. Thanks for the suggestion!

Donna U said...

Hi. Visiting from comment hour. I'll need to come back to explore when there is more time! I'm Just One Donna from www.justonedonna.com.

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Looks really interesting. Visiting from the SITS comment hour.

It's a full nest: said...

New info to me and my mother-in-law loves French stuff. Perfect for her upcoming birthday. Thanks!

Eve said...

This book seems interesting!! Stopping by from comment hour!

Kimberly said...

I am always looking for a good new book. Thanks :)

Leslie Limon said...

Looks like my kind of book! Will have to check to see if any are available for the Kindle. :)

Stopping by from #commenthour

scottandalie.com said...

Love this post and will definitely read some of his books. Thanks for sharing!

I am the one from comment hour that was in an accident in a roundabout in Paris, nothing major, it was actually humorous.

eileenludwig said...

Used to read all the time. Now my time is one the computer


Toqua's Crafts said...

I absolutely LOVE my Kindle so I will have to check to see if I can get this author there!


I missed #CommentHour, again! Ugh!
Even though I wanted to stop by and say ‘hey’!

Toqua’s Crafts

Sue said...

Still trying to catch up from last nights #SITS comment hr.

Sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for the review. I'll keep this one in mind. :)

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