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1000 Years of Annoying the French

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Last year I asked my f-list to recommend to me their favorite "new" book that they had read in the past year (by "new" I mean "new to them"). This book, as its name suggests, is a take on the history between England and France for the last ten centuries or so. But it’s never mentioned how long the British colonial wars lasted for, or even how many of them there were.

One of the most frequent questions I get when doing readings and talks is: why is there such a love-hate relationship between the French and the Brits? This is a great introduction to anybody wanting to understand the peculiar relationship between two countries separated by a 30 mile stretch of water and 1000 years of colourful history. Of course, there are parts of the book that tackle the issues of our war time differences and how such things are stitched into the fabric of our two nations.This is no dry history book, but a humorous recounting with lots of pithy statements and witty asides.

But in fact, William the Conqueror was an avowed enemy of France and regularly attacked the French King. Stephen Clarke leaves no stone unturned as he charts events surrounding the momentous events from history involving the two countries. I ran away in tears, being chased by a group of French people sadisticly laughing at me while they were spitting red wine in my direction.Sometimes they’re right – we have done some nasty things to the French in the past – but often they’re hilariously wrong, and I have tried to set the record straight. Deals with some areas of history which I enjoy reading about, and some areas that I'm not familliar with. On hindsight, this is a really good book to get yourself familiar with the history of these two countries, even if you're not from either of them. It’s a thousand years worth of conflicts between the British and the French, where the British author pokes fun at the French from start to finish. This millennial look at the history of Britain and France is told with wry, sometimes childishly irritating, and rarely laugh-inducing humour.

The author is British but has lived on both sides of the channel, and he lobs potshots in each direction.the French military trained British secret services in how to disable Exocets and 3) they loaned our military several aircraft to learn how to work against them. Although, this is not a complete recount of the events and more so, a quick and light skim over the history. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

Clarke has also written non-fiction, including 1000 Years of Annoying the French, a bestselling look at the history between Great Britain and France, and Paris Revealed, a book detailing the hidden secrets of Paris that Clarke has learned from ten-plus years living there.

A laugh out loud hilarious and perceptive look at the history of England and France and their relationship for the past one thousand years.

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