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They eat horses, don’t they?

The Truth about the French

by Eatwell , Piu

You don’t have to speak a word of French to know all about the French.

True. Or not? An English writer who has lived in France for many years, Piu Das Gupta made the most of all those long French weekends, extended holidays and paid time off to sit on French beaches, count naked breasts, and evaluate the sexual allure of the French men and women around her (whilst scanning the café menus for horses and frogs). The results of her survey are not entirely what one would expect. 

Sexier (if not more sexist) than Stephen Clarke, this book is a humorous examination of myths about France. Do the French eat horses? Do French women bare all on the beach? What is a bidet reallyused for? These and more are the many burning questions answered by this book, the essential weapon with which to arm yourself before risking any trip to our Gallic neighbour. 

To laugh is to know, and knowledge is power. Take revenge for 1066. Read…. chuckle….. come, see and conquer.        

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"Ever since Peter Mayle first made goo-goo eyes at sun dappled Provence in 1990 and pocketed a pile of dough in the process, many a self- respecting hack with a smidgeon of French culture has followed in his train...Eatwell's book provides the perfect antidote. ...an intriguing portrait of just how much France has changed over the past 50 years or so. "


Reviews: Spectator

A fine read."


Reviews: The Sun

"...an entertaining and fluently written tour around the subject, touching on everything from adultery to the bad smell of the Paris Metro. She is at her best running through the history that gave rise to the stereotypes of hairy women, pretentious films and surrender monkeys.... She does a fine job explaining the nuances of the Gallic outlook. "

Charles Bremner

Reviews: The Times

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