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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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)

Stephen Clarke is a British journalist who lives in Paris, where he divides his time between writing and not writing.

His first novel, A Year in the Merde, became a word-of-mouth hit in 2004. Since then he has published more bestselling Merde novels, and a range of non-fiction work including Talk to the Snail, an indispensable guide to understanding the French, a history book, 1000 Years of Annoying the French, which was a Sunday Times bestseller, and Dirty Bertie, a biography of King Edward VII's adventures in France.

While researching Paris Revealed, an insider's guide to Paris, his 'non-writing' time was spent interrogating Parisians about their bizarre habits, and revisiting his favourite places in the city.

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