Stephen Clarke (writer)

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Stephen Clarke
Stephen Clarke par Claude Truong-Ngoc octobre 2014.jpg
Born (1958-10-15)15 October 1958
St. Albans
Occupation Writer; author
Nationality British
Genre Novels, non-fiction

Stephen Clarke (born 15 October 1958 in St. Albans) is a British author.[1] He writes mainly about France.[2] He published five novels featuring a British protagonist named Paul West.[3][4][5][6]


Before publishing own books, Clarke wrote comedy sketches for BBC Radio 4[7] and comic-book stories for the U.S. cartoonist and comics artist Gilbert Shelton. Having graduated from Oxford University he spent several years working in Glasgow as a bilingual lexicographer for the dictionary firm HarperCollins. He then moved to work for a French press group.


On 1 April 2004 Clarke successfully self-published A Year in the Merde[8] It found attention in France too.[9] Later Clarke sold the rights to Transworld in the UK, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in the United States, Penguin in Canada and Random House in Australia. It was eventually published in altogether about 20 languages.[10][11]

The sequel Merde Actually appeared in 2005, and was followed by a non-fiction book (Talk to the Snail, a humorous guide to the French language and the French) in 2006. The third novel about Paul West was published in July 2007 in Great Britain and one year later in the USA: Merde Happens,[12] This time Englishman Paul West explores the United States instead of France. Clarke's fourth novel "Dial M for Merde" played again in France (this time South of France) and was published in the UK on 10 September 2008. The fifth novel "The Merde Factor" about Paul West returning to Paris was published on 13 September 2012.

Stephen Clarke's second non-fiction offering, 1000 Years of Annoying the French,[13] was published in the United Kingdom on 18 March 2010. It concentrates on conflicts between the French and the "Anglo-Saxons" over the past ten centuries,[14] In's bestseller lists, at one point the book was simultaneously at number 4 in the history chart and number one in humour.



The 'Merde' Series


  • A Brief History of the Future (2011) What if teleportation was really possible? Englishman Richie Fisher is about to find out...



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