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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Century (22 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780890354
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780890357
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 3.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Clarke lives in Paris, where he divides his time between writing and not writing. His first novel, A Year in the Merde, originally became a word-of-mouth hit in 2004, and is now published all over the world. Since then he has published three more bestselling Merde novels, as well as Talk to the Snail, an indispensable guide to understanding the French. Research for Stephen's novels has taken him all over France and America. For 1000 Years of Annoying the French, he has also been breathing the chill air of ruined castles and deserted battlefields, leafing through dusty chronicles, brushing up the medieval French he studied at university and generally losing himself in the mists of history. He has now returned to present-day Paris, and is doing his best to live the entente cordiale. For more information about Stephen Clarke and his books, visit his website: www.stephenclarkewriter.com.

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"A wicked and witty biography." Daily Express "A comic history which manages to combine Clarke's brand of jaunty, bawdy humour . with being genuinely informative about French history." Spectator "Fine historical romp." Daily Mail

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The entertaining biography of Edward VII and his playboy lifestyle, by Stephen Clarke, author of 1000 Years of Annoying the French and A Year in the Merde. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 7 July 2014
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This is a very interesting, relaxing read. The title might seem a little trivialising but the content gives a very positive picture of a unique figure in British history. Oppressed by his narrow-minded father who was wholly supported by his mother, even after Prince Albert was dead, the prince, later King Edward VII, found his pleasures mostly in Paris and particularly enjoyed the tutelage of Napoleon III. The licentious Napoleon surrounded himself with like-minded admirers and cocottes of every persuasion. The young Edward was impressionable and built his own sexual gratification on French courtly preferences. His poor wife Alexandra was tolerated but seemingly ignored. Paris was there not only for its vice but also for its monumentally important culture.
To paint this dissolute picture, Stephen Clarke has given us a lively account of mid-nineteenth century France, its peccadillos and its continuous political uncertainty, hung between monarchy and republic. The political climate is shown to have been influential in making Prince Edward an outstanding diplomat, juggling with his Russian Czar cousin and his German Kaiser cousin in a series of alliances that were contradictory and unreliable. The case that had Edward lived a few years longer (he died in 1910), the First World War might have been avoided is a little tenuous but, nonetheless interesting speculation.
I have said enough to show potential readers that this book is not focused only on Edward's shocking behaviour but on a man who became King later in life, who loved the admiration of crowds, who revelled in pageantry and who a century ago did much to establish the British monarchy as the high profile tourist attraction it is today. Incidentally some of Edward's genes have been passed down to his descendants!
This is a good relaxing book that paints a fascinating picture as interesting for those who are observers of life in the past than those who would claim to be 'historians'.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr Neil Hudspith on 9 Jun. 2014
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Having read 1000 years of annoying the French where Mr Clarke gives us a taster of "Berties" life style, I was interested in reading more about the future King Edward VII and was not disappointed by his latest offering. I very much enjoy his light hearted but well informed style and would recommend this book to anyone interested in history but who also likes to be entertained whist learning about the subject.
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By R. C. Myers on 15 July 2014
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A very enjoyable read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Florence. on 12 Aug. 2014
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As usual a very good read, thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Fun and flirty look at Edward VII and his misspent youth in France. It evolves nicely and gives some excellent historical background.
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