The Merde Factor

Stephen Clarke

pages August 2012 Copies in English available Original publisher: Century UKCommercial Fiction

Paul West is back in Paris, and really in the MERDE.

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 baguettes in two to fit them in the kitchen. His research into authentic French cuisine is about to cause a national strike. His Parisian business partner is determined to close their tea-room. And thinks that sexually harassing his female employees is a basic human right. And Paul’s gorgeous ex-girlfriend seems to be stalking him. Threatened with eviction, unemployment and bankruptcy, Paul realizes that his personal merde factor is about to hit the fan. . .

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