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They Eat Horses, Don't They?: The Truth About the French (Hardback)
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They Eat Horses, Don't They?: The Truth About the French (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 01/08/2013
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The centuries-old, love-hate relationship with our closest neighbour has spawned a plethora of myths and stereotypes. In recent years our stock of received wisdom about the French - land of the sophisticated lover, the wine-fuelled lunch, the gitane-puffing philosopher, the hairy female armpit and the rebarbatively squalid toilet - has been replenished by a new generation of lifestyle myths: that French women don't get fat, that French children don't throw food, that their countryside has been colonized by Boden-clad, Volvo-driving Brits.

In THEY EAT HORSES, DON'T THEY?, Piu Das Eatwell explores the background to, and the contemporary evidence for, 45 such myths. She finds that many of them are simply false, and that even those that are broadly true are rather more complicated than at first sight. In the course of her thorough - and thoroughly entertaining - investigations, we discover there is more to our enigmatic Gallic neighbour than 365 types of cheese, and that the reality of modern French life is very different from the myths that we create about it.

Publisher: Head of Zeus
ISBN: 9781781854440
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Blowing away the cliched perception of our neighbours ... A fine read' The Sun.
'Bracingly factual ... tackles egregious stereotypes head-on' Daily Mail.
'An intriguing portrait of just how much France has changed ... the perfect antidote for the disconnect between what modern-day France is really like and how we romantically perceive it' Spectator.
'Entertaining and fluently written.' The Times.

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“A tasty morsel”

This is the tantalising first chapter of what promises to be a thoroughly enjoyable consideration of the relationship between the English and the French. Ever since 1066 (and all that...) it's been a love-hate... More

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