Dial M for Merde

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Penguin Random House Australia, Aug 31, 2011 - Fiction - 320 pages
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In the South of France, Paul West has a licence to thrill...

Paul West has received an offer he can't refuse: two weeks in the sun with a beautiful blonde. M, as she likes to be known, is down south to report on caviar trafficking - or is she? Meanwhile, Paul's friend Elodie is marrying an aristocrat, and Paul has been asked to do the catering. Although cooking for the French is always a risky assignment ... As Paul is sexually harassed by a hen party, picked on by French commandos and arrested by excitable gendarmes, events start spiralling out of control. And when he discovers that M's real target is France's new President - and that he's coming to Elodie's wedding - Paul realises the merde really is about to hit the fan...

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User Review  - MarthaJeanne - LibraryThing

A really funny story of the dangers of travelling in France. Sex, suspense, food, wine, politics, class warfare, even carbon footprints and sturgeons: This book has it all, but all of it could only ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

In 2004, Stephen Clarke, a British journalist, published A Year in the Merde, an almost-true account of what may-or-may-not have happened in to him in the ten previous years he'd lived in France. He originally published the novel in a edition of 200 copies, with the intention of selling them through his website or giving them to his friends. However, following a reading in a Canadian bookshop in Paris and a write-up in a French newspaper, the book became a word-of-mouth bestseller and was published around the world.

He lives in Paris where he divides his time between writing and not writing.

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