Talk to the Snail

Ten Commandments for Living with the French

Stephen Clarke

December 2006 Humour

From the bestselling author of the A Year in the Merde and Merde, Actually comes an indispensable, tongue-in-cheek, guide to the quirks and foibles of the French.

Have you ever walked into a half-empty restaurant in France only to be told that it’s ‘complet’? Attempted to say ‘merci beaucoup’ and accidentally complimented someone on their cute backside? Been taken to what you’ve been assured is the perfect house deep in the countryside, only to find there’s no electricity or running water? If the answer to any of the above is ‘oui’, Talk to the Snail is the book for you. Find out how to get served by the grumpiest waiter; learn how to be exquisitely polite – and brutally rude – at the same time; discover the language of love, sex, suppositories (not necessarily in that order). It’s all here in this funny, informative, seriously useful guide on how to get what you really want from the French. With advice, essential phrases and bons mots to cover all eventualities, and illustrated with witty real-life anecdotes, Talk to the Snail is a book that no self respecting Francophile – or Francophobe – can afford to be without.