A Year In The Merde by Stephen Clarke
What are the French really like?
Paul West, a young Englishman arriving in Paris to start a new job, is about to find out.
They do eat a lot of cheese, some of which smells like pigs' droppings.
They don't wash their armpits with garlic soap.
Going on strike really is the second national participation sport after petanque.
And, yes, they do use suppositories.
Less quaint than A Year in Provence, less chocolatey than Chocolat, A Year in the Merde will tell you how to get served by the grumpiest Parisian waiter; how to make perfect vinaigrette every time; how to make amour - not war; and how not to buy a house in the French countryside.