Stephen Clarke


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in St. Albans, The United Kingdom
October 15, 1958

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Stephen Clarke is the bestselling author of seven books of fiction and nonfiction that satirize the peculiarities of French culture. In 2004, he self-published A Year in the Merde, a comic novel skewering contemporary French society. The novel was an instant success and has led to numerous follow-ups, including Dial M for Merde (2008), 1,000 Years of Annoying the French (2010), and Paris Revealed (2011). After working as a journalist for a French press group for ten years, Paris-based Clarke now has a regular spot on French cable TV, poking fun at French culture.

Average rating: 3.62 · 29,862 ratings · 2,509 reviews · 44 distinct worksSimilar authors
A Year in the Merde

3.54 avg rating — 14,120 ratings — published 2004 — 21 editions
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Merde Actually

3.57 avg rating — 4,363 ratings — published 2005 — 33 editions
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1000 Years of Annoying the ...

4.03 avg rating — 3,229 ratings — published 2010 — 33 editions
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Talk to the Snail: Ten Comm...

3.77 avg rating — 2,290 ratings — published 2006 — 22 editions
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Merde Happens

3.47 avg rating — 2,101 ratings — published 2005 — 20 editions
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Dial M For Merde

3.53 avg rating — 1,121 ratings — published 2008 — 21 editions
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Paris Revealed: The Secret ...

3.71 avg rating — 889 ratings — published 2010 — 23 editions
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The Merde Factor (Paul West...

3.57 avg rating — 551 ratings — published 2012 — 11 editions
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The French Revolution and W...

4.21 avg rating — 160 ratings — published 2018 — 3 editions
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Merde in Europe

3.46 avg rating — 242 ratings — published 2016 — 8 editions
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“If they wanted their shit stirred, then stirred their shit was jolly well going to be.”
Stephen Clarke, A Year in the Merde

“I was also sick of my neighbors, as most Parisians are. I now knew every second of the morning routine of the family upstairs. At 7:00 am alarm goes off, boom, Madame gets out of bed, puts on her deep-sea divers’ boots, and stomps across my ceiling to megaphone the kids awake. The kids drop bags of cannonballs onto the floor, then, apparently dragging several sledgehammers each, stampede into the kitchen. They grab their chunks of baguette and go and sit in front of the TV, which is always showing a cartoon about people who do nothing but scream at each other and explode. Every minute, one of the kids cartwheels (while bouncing cannonballs) back into the kitchen for seconds, then returns (bringing with it a family of excitable kangaroos) to the TV. Meanwhile the toilet is flushed, on average, fifty times per drop of urine expelled. Finally, there is a ten-minute period of intensive yelling, and at 8:15 on the dot they all howl and crash their way out of the apartment to school.” (p.137)”
Stephen Clarke, A Year in the Merde

“there is a French version of the story, and a true one.”
Stephen Clarke, 1000 Years of Annoying the French

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