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Why France and Britain are so different, and why they do things in opposite ways. A brilliant and vigorous observer of both French and British societies, which she knows intimately, 32-year-old Agnes Catherine Poirier has spent the last ten years explaining the peculiarities of France to the British and of Britain to the French. Not an easy job. Having studied both in Paris and London, writing in both languages for the French and British press, Agnes Catherine Poirier plays with national stereotypes, which are both stupid and dangerous, with dexterity and savoir faire. She goes beneath the surface to explain why France and Britain keep arguing and competing endlessly, why they are so different and why they do things in almost opposite ways. Covering the worlds of art, politics, action, food, institutions, sex, history, media, society and philosophy, she tells us as much about us as why France is a nation apart. Revenge for tabloid attacks on France or for British expats' invasions of Brittany and the Dordogne? You decide. But this will entertain and educate all readers about their own country and whether its 'entente' with La Belle France is 'cordiale' or not. You may disagree with her but you may never see yourself in the same way again.
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The paperback includes new material 25 essays that aim to revisit national stereotyping A bestseller in France, as Les Nouveaux Anglais, the French edition achieved huge publicity in the UK in April 2005 'The funniest frog in print' Daily Mail 'Perhaps it doesn't sound like much fun to be set straight on everything... by a French "intellectual"... Strangely, it is' Daily Telegraph 'Politics, society, food, art... are all discussed with a cheerful wit, backed up by... more serious historical and philosophical observations' New Statesman 'This funny and fascinating bid to uncover the differences between us Brits and the French... is full of side-splitting observations' OK magazine 'Poirier is a wind-up merchant, opinionated, French and severely witty... writes beautiful, clear, neatly measured English ... lively sardonic, always poised' The Scotsman

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Writer and broadcaster Agnes Catherine Poirier is primarily a political journalist and film critic for Liberation, Telerama and a regular commentator for the Guardian and the BBC.


"Poirier skillfully fuses commentary and autobiography, and her writing -- smart, slightly bossy but also sometimes self-mocking -- is consistently engaging" -- John Dugdale GUARDIAN

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