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  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (8 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593062736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593062739
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (247 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 416,915 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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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."

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Ten centuries of French historical 'facts' bite the dust in Stephen Clarke's Sunday Times Top Five Bestseller.

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106 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Iain S. Palin on 21 Aug. 2010
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That great French icon the Corsican Napoleon Bonaparte once defined history as "a series of lies on which we agree" but is clear from reading this book that while there are plenty of lies told in the history of Anglo-French relations, there is little agreement between them.
Do not be fooled by the journalistic approach, chatty style, and episodes of facetiousness, this is a history book and a good one. It's a comprehensive account of where English (and sometimes Scottish, and later British) and French national histories meet, interact, overlap, or collide. It is well-researched and packed with information while being very readable - I found it a real page-turner, and as someone who reads a lot of history I can say that that's not always the case in this field! For those schooled on the "agreed lies" of history - and there are a lot of them in this area, where national pride plays such a part - it will be an eye-opener.
I wonder what sort of reviews it's getting on the French Amazon site.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Arbuthnot on 28 Jun. 2013
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I lived in France for a few years and found this book a powerful antidote! A leisurely and informally-written look at Anglo-French history and relations. Not, on the other hand, for those looking for a more scholarly appraisal of that eternal football match: Rosbifs v. Crapauds.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By L. Miller on 14 Jun. 2010
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Ive heard rumours of the French's alternative view on history but reading through this book I was struck at how bad it is! That's not to say that this book is an anti-french tirade, because its clearly and constructively written by someone who speaks the langauge and knows the french very well, and knows what he's talking about. Ok, towards the end it turns more into how the french piff off the world and not just the British, but it's still incredibly interesting stuff. History buffs will probably hate the book because it summarises in a few pages what they'd like to explain in 1,000 pages but for people like me that are interested in history but never had the chance to really study it I think it's a godsend. My only partial gripe is that after so much in-depth analysis of early history that last century is rapidly gone through - particularly postwar. Like with Andrew Marr's History of Britain series, it kinds of ignores focusing on our rapid postwar decline as a nation (probably for good reason!) and the reasons behind it.

Definitely a good read and a steal at that price too.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Bianconero on 7 Mar. 2011
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This book is hilarious. If anybody thought that history was boring, they should read this. The author does actually like France and it is written tongue in cheek, but you can see where he is coming from. Like how the French blame the Brits for the death of Joan of Arc, when it was the French who ensured her downfall etc. I got the kindle version and loved it. This has prompted me to get more of the authors books. It really is laugh oyt lod funny in places, but it historically correct and informative. How about this? If you are a history teacher, give 'em this to try. It will get them interested. Au Revoir !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Greensleeves on 27 Nov. 2011
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This book is a 'must' for people who like France and the French. It's very well written as well as being educational. I'm looking forward to reading more of Stephen Clarke's work!
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56 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Lucinda on 24 Mar. 2010
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Intrigued by the cover and title, I purchased this a few days ago, and am absolutely loving it! It's a very readable, really intersting alternative history of anglo-French relations over the last century, which made me laugh out loud on numerous occasions. It also told me things I had no idea about. Poor Joan of Arc! And who knew that the guillotine was actually invented in Halifax? It is as easy to read as a novel, yet is about stuff that really happened. Highly recommended for everyone who likes France, and who likes to be entertained.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 25 July 2011
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Husband hasn't stopped laughing since he picked it up - I think that's a sign of a good book! Great read
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By C. Clancey on 25 May 2010
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This history book is written in a very entertaining way, but appears to be accurate in its facts. As this is so, the errors and misconceptions that the French have about the English are detailed in a way that make for a gripping read! To be fair, the author does admit the English were sometimes in the wrong . . .
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