“There are lots of French people who are not at all hypocritical, inefficient, treacherous, intolerant, adulterous or incredibly sexy … They just didn’t make it into my book.”
A year in the merde is hilarious! Paul, an English guy, comes to start a new job in Paris. Smelly cheese, strikes, misunderstandings, daily life situations… the book is a laugh-out-loud account of the adventures of a Brit in France.
Extracts from the book
“Do I call everyone tu or vous ?” Not that I was capable of calling them either.
“All I had to do was take my passport, work contract, three passport photos, a recent electricity bill and the marriage certificate of any hamsters I’d owned since 1995, all photocopied on to medieval parchment.”
“If only I could understand [the housing ads].
“ […] you English know how to do in the kitchen – you boil everything.”