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Clarke, Stephen 1958-

Overview
Works: 46 works in 364 publications in 10 languages and 5,562 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Humorous fiction  Novels  Autobiographical fiction  History  Humor  Military history  Biography  Action and adventure fiction  Biographies 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PR6103.L3748, 823.92
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Stephen Clarke
A year in the merde by Stephen Clarke( Book )

56 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 1,252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recounts the life and times of a young British man brought to Paris by a French company to open a chain of British tea rooms, detailing his dealings with lazy French employees, a scheming boss, lusty girlfriends, and French culture
1000 years of annoying the French by Stephen Clarke( Book )

37 editions published between 2010 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 605 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Stephen Clarke takes a penetrating look into those murky depths, guiding us through all the times when Britain and France have been at war - or at least glowering at each other across the English Channel. Along the way he explodes a few myths that French historians have been trying to pass off as 'la vérité', as he proves that the French did not invent the baguette, or the croissant, or even the guillotine, and would have taken the bubbles out of bubbly if the Brits hadn't created a fashion for fizzy champagne. Starting with the Norman (not French) Conquest and going right up to the supposedly more peaceful present, when a state visit by French President Nicolas Sarkozy becomes a series of hilarious historical insults, it is impeccably researched - account of all our great fallings-out
Merde happens by Stephen Clarke( Book )

30 editions published between 2007 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 572 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paul West is in deep financial merde. His only way out of debt is to accept a decidedly dodgy job that involves him touring America in a Mini, while pretending to be typically British. Also in the car is Paul's French girlfriend, Alexa, and his American poet friend, Jake, whose main aim in life is to sleep with a woman from every country in the world. Preferably in the back of Paul's Mini. But as the little car battles from New York to Miami, and then heads west, leg-room turns out to be the least of Paul's troubles. His work is being sabotaged, his tour plans are in tatters, and his love life becomes a Franco-American war zone. And as Paul knows better than anyone, when you mix love and war - merde happens
Talk to the snail : ten commandments for understanding the French by Stephen Clarke( Book )

34 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 567 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A tongue-in-cheek guide to understanding the French, presented in a series of essays, each illustrating a theme, followed by or interspersed with essential French phrases, anecdotes, and advice
Merde actually by Stephen Clarke( Book )

28 editions published between 2005 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A year after arriving in France, Englishman Paul West is still struggling with some fundamental questions : What is the best way to scare a gendarme? Why are there no health warnings on French nudist beaches? And is it really polite to sleep with your boss's mistress? Paul opens his English tea room, and mutates (temporarily) into a Parisian waiter; sample the pleasures of typically French hotel-room afternoons; and, on return visit to the UK, sees the full horror of a British office party through Parisian eyes. Meanwhile, he continues his search for the perfect French mademoiselle. But will Paul find l'amour éternel, or will it all end in merde? [Source : 4e de couv.]
Paris revealed : the secret life of a city by Stephen Clarke( Book )

18 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Polish and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world. But do you know ... Which is the most romantic spot to say 'je't'aime'? And the sexiest? Where to see fantastic art, away from all the crowds? Why Parisian men feel compelled to pee in the street? How to choose a hotel room where you might actually get a good night's sleep? Stephen Clarke goes behind the scenes to reveal everything Parisians know about their city - but don't want to tell you"--Publisher's description
In the merde for love by Stephen Clarke( Book )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Englishman Paul West works as a Parisian waiter and on a return visit to Britain, witnesses the full horror of a British office party through Parisian eyes, all the while continuing his search for the perfect French mademoiselle
Dial M for merde by Stephen Clarke( Book )

27 editions published between 2008 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Englishman Paul West has just received an offer he can't refuse: two weeks in the sun, all expenses paid, with a beautiful blonde called Gloria Monday. M, as Gloria likes to be known, is down south to report on caviar trafficking - but it soon becomes obvious that she's interested in something a lot more fishy than caviar. Meanwhile Paul's best friend Elodie is marrying a French aristocrat, and Paul is asked to do the catering. Cooking for the French is a risky assignment at the best of times, but Paul, who is starting to feel a bit like James Bond, assures her that nothing can go wrong. Or can it? As Paul is sexually harassed by an English hen party, picked on by French commandoes and arrested by excitable gendarmes, he realises that events are spiralling out of control. And when he discovers that M's real target is France's biggest fish of all - the new President - and that he's coming to Elodie's wedding, Paul knows that the merde really is about to hit the fan
A year in the merde by Stephen Clarke( Recording )

16 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Year In The Merde is the story of Paul West, a 27-year-old Brit who is brought to Paris by a French company to open a chain of British "tea rooms." He soon becomes immersed in the contradictions of French culture: the French are not all cheese-eating surrender monkeys, though they do eat a lot of smelly cheese; they are still in shock at being stupid enough to sell Louisiana, thus losing the chance to make French the global language, while going on strike is the second national participation sport after pťanque. He also illuminates how to get the best out of the grumpiest Parisian waiter, how to survive a French business meeting, and how not to buy a house in the French countryside
Dirty Bertie : an English king made in France by Stephen Clarke( Book )

10 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in English and French and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Despite fierce opposition from his mother, Queen Victoria, Edward VII was always passionately in love with France. He had affairs with the most famous Parisian actresses, courtesans and can-can dancers. He spoke French more elegantly than English. The author argues that as 'Dirty Bertie', Edward learned all the essentials in life from the French
How the French won Waterloo : (or think they did) by Stephen Clarke( Book )

15 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and French and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two centuries after the Battle of Waterloo, the French are still in denial. If Napoleon lost on 18th June, 1815 (and that's a big 'if'), then whoever rules the universe got it wrong. As soon as the cannons stopped firing, French historians began re-writing history. The Duke of Wellington was beaten, they say, and then the Prussians jumped into the boxing ring, breaking all the rules of battle. In essence, the French cannot bear the idea that Napoleon, their greatest-ever national hero, was in any way a loser. Especially not against the traditional enemy - les Anglais. Stephen Clarke has studied the French version of Waterloo, as told by battle veterans, novelists, historians - right up to today's politicians, and he has uncovered a story of pain, patriotism and sheer perversion
The merde factor by Stephen Clarke( Book )

7 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Englishman Paul West is living the Parisian dream, and doing his best not to annoy the French. But just recently, things have been going TRES wrong. His apartment is so small, he has to cut his baguette in two to fit it into the kitchen. His research into authentic French cuisine is about to cause a national strike. His Parisian business partner is determined to close their English tea room. And his ex-girlfriend seems to be stalking him. Threatened with eviction, unemployment and bankruptcy, Paul realises that the MERDE really is about to hit the fan
The merde factor by Stephen Clarke( Book )

4 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Englishman Paul West is living the Parisian dream, and doing his best not to annoy the French. But recently things have been going très wrong. His apartment is so small that he has to cut his baguette in two to fit it into the kitchen. His research into authentic French cuisine is about to cause a national strike. His Parisian business partner is determined to close their English tea-room. And Paul's French ex-girlfriend seems to be stalking him. Threatened with eviction, unemployment and bankruptcy, Paul realises that the merde really is about to hit the fan"--Publisher description
Merde in europe by Stephen Clarke( Book )

13 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One Brit in Brussels. Two French Women. And a whole lot of merde. The hilarious new novel from Stephen Clarke, bestselling author of A Year in the Merde and A Thousand Years of Annoying the French. Does Brussels really want to outlaw bingo, bagpipes and smoky bacon crisps? Are eurocrats trying to rename the English Channel? And can the ink in euro notes really make men impotent? No. Well, not exactly. But it is true that the EU is a seriously flawed institution. And it's about to become even more so as Englishman Paul West goes to Brussels to work for a French MEP, and gets an insider's view of what really goes on in the massive madhouse that is the EU Parliament. As Britain prepares to vote whether it stays in or exits the EU, Paul gets the chance to influence the result of the referendum. He has to decide: better the devil you know? Or bring on the Brexit? It's a decision that could cost him a lot more than his euro paypacket
A brief history of the future by Stephen Clarke( Book )

6 editions published between 2011 and 2018 in English and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een Engelsman zorgt voor veel commotie in zijn land als hij een teleporter meebrengt van een weekendje New York
Merde happens by Stephen Clarke( Recording )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paul West is in deep financial merde. His only way out of debt is to accept a decidedly dodgy job that involves him touring America in a Mini, while pretending to be typically British. Also in the car is Paul's French girlfriend, Alexa, and his American poet friend, Jake, whose main aim in life is to sleep with a woman from every country in the world. Preferably in the back of Paul's Mini. But as the little car battles from New York to Miami, and then heads west, leg-room turns out to be the least of Paul's troubles. His work is being sabotaged, his tour plans are in tatters, and his love life becomes a Franco-American war zone. And as Paul knows better than anyone, when you mix love and war - merde happens
Ai shi ni, ai shi shi by Arthur C Clarke( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in Chinese and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

God save les Françaises by Stephen Clarke( Book )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in French and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paul West a trouvé l'amour de sa vie. Cependant les relations avec sa belle-mère ne sont pas réjouissantes. Et cette dernière vient à mourir d'un empoisonnement
The French revolution and what went wrong by Stephen Clarke( Book )

6 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Legend has it that, in a few busy weeks in July 1789, a despotic king, his freeloading wife, and a horde of over-privileged aristocrats, were displaced and then humanely dispatched. In the ensuing years, we are told, France was heroically transformed into an idyll of Liberté, Egalité and Fraternité. In fact, as Stephen Clarke argues in his informative and eye-opening account of the French Revolution, almost all of this is completely untrue. In 1789 almost no one wanted to oust King Louis XVI, let alone guillotine him. While the Bastille was being stormed by out-of-control Parisians, the true democrats were at work in Versailles creating a British-style constitutional monarchy. The founding of the Republic in 1792 unleashed a reign of terror that caused about 300,000 violent deaths. And people hailed today as revolutionary heroes were dangerous opportunists, whose espousal of Liberté, Egalité and Fraternité did not stop them massacring political opponents and guillotining women for demanding equal rights. Going back to original French sources, Stephen Clarke has uncovered the little-known and rarely told story of what was really happening in revolutionary France, as well as what went so tragically and bloodily wrong"--Publisher description
Merde actually by Stephen Clarke( Recording )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A year after arriving in France, Englishman Paul West is still enjoying the entente cordiale; so much so, in fact, that he even mutates (temporarily) into a Parisian waiter. But will his search for the perfect mademoiselle find l'amour éternel - or will it all end in merde?
 
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A year in the merde
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1000 years of annoying the FrenchMerde happensTalk to the snail : ten commandments for understanding the FrenchMerde actuallyParis revealed : the secret life of a cityIn the merde for loveDial M for merdeA year in the merdeA brief history of the future
Alternative Names
Klārks, Stīvens 1958-

Stephanus Clarke

Stephen Clarke britischer Autor

Stephen Clarke Brits journalist

Stephen Clarke journaliste et écrivain britannique

West, Paul

West, Paul 1958-...

استیون کلارک ژورنالیست و نویسنده بریتانیایی

คลาร์ก, สตีเฟน A.D. 2501-

クラーク, スティーヴン

Languages
English (243)

French (26)

Polish (26)

Czech (9)

Chinese (6)

Russian (6)

Thai (4)

German (1)

Croatian (1)

Dutch (1)