Now the following book review does not fulfil the usual criteria of only reviewing independent books, but it was sitting on my kindle and I read it a few months ago and I thought, why not do a review of some things I'd enjoyed and already read.
A year in the merde by Stephen Clarke
This book was recommended to me by a French colleague. I was glad she wasn’t offended as the book isn’t very complimentary about the French at times, but it is very very funny.
It chronicles the story of a young Englishman who takes a job in Paris with a French firm. It is about working, living and finding love in Paris.
Like the writer I live and work in France and I recognise many of the situations he describes. As it can be hard to get to grips with the differences in culture, France eventually changes you and you can’t but help falling in love with the place despite its failings. This is a light hearted, easy read and shouldn’t be taken too serious. I loved it.