(born 15 October 1958 in St. Albans
) is a British author who lives and works in Paris and has declared and explained his love to France: "I love France because here you are working for a living and not vice versa". " His novel A Year in the Merde
established him as a writer of fiction, featuring a first person narrator named Paul West. His novels depict French life style from the personal perspective of a temporarily alienated English gentleman
who just tries to fit in While ignoring political correctness
to the full, his alter ego
Paul West actually reveals ostentatiously how lost an emigrant can feel even if he only crosses borders within Europe. Hereby A Year in the Merde
carries a very human message.
Before publishing his "Merde" novels, Clarke wrote comedy sketches for BBC Radio 4
stories for the U.S. cartoonist and comics artist Gilbert Shelton
. He spent several years working in Glasgow
as a bilingual lexicographer
for the dictionary firm HarperCollins
. He then moved to Paris, France to work for a French press group, and has now lived there for more than a decade.
On 1 April 2004 Clarke self-published A Year in the Merde
, intending to sell them through his website or give them away to... Read More