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1000 Years Of Annoying The French [Paperback]

Stephen Clarke
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Sept. 19 2011
The English Channel may be only twenty miles wide, but it’s a thousand years deep. 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 what the Brits provocatively call 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 a light-hearted - but impeccably researched - account of all our great fallings-out. In short, the French are quite right to suspect that the last thousand years have been one long British campaign to infuriate them. And it’s not over yet ...

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“Anyone who’s ever encountered a snooty Parisian waiter or found themselves driving on the Boulevard Peripherique during August will enjoy this book.” (Daily Mail )

“Relentlessly and energetically rude about almost every aspect of French history and culture.” (Mail on Sunday )

“Tremendously entertaining ... will surely shift more copies than all of this years bookish Gallic chronicles combined.” (Sunday Times )

About the Author

Stephen Clarke lives in Paris, where he divides his time between writing and not writing. His first novel, A Year in the Merde, was a runaway bestseller in 2004. He has published three more bestselling Merde novels since then.

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5.0 out of 5 stars 1000 Years of Annoying the French Feb. 19 2012
This book should be mandatory reading for all children and adults of English and French descent. It summarizes a 1000 years of bickering between the two nations concisely, humorously and filled with gems of little known facts. Stephen Clarke has a way with words guaranteed to capture the attention of his audience and should serve as a template for future historians.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOL for Anglophiles and all April 4 2014
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Hilarious book poking holes into French revisionist history. Lots of factoids here, easily readable, perfect for airport reading on a trip to France.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and enjoyable Oct. 31 2013
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A fun and enjoyable read filled with facts that will make any Englishman laugh at the expense of the French, which is always a good thing!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Useful 2 for 1 history book Aug. 14 2012
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Good, somewhat funny read . Author appears to have done a lot of research on subjects that can be all too familiar to many and he is not afraid to disagree with historical bias and jingoism. Helpful overview of many historical events familiar to many Brits. Be prepared to reference other books if some thinly covered areas interest you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 1000 years in the merde Aug. 30 2014
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Typically British humour- irreverent but sneakily insightful. A thorough account of 1000 years of the eternal Anglo-French love hate relationship
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