Decrypting French ideas about land, food, privacy and language, this book encompasses observations and anecdotes, political analysis and reflection to uncover links between the French national character, the essence of France and how the French got to be the way they are.
Shows readers how the French language developed and changed over the centuries, how it came to be spoken in the Americas, Africa and Asia and how it gained and maintained its global appeal.
Get back to basics with this indispensable collection of old wives' tales, half-truths and old chestnuts. Of course you think you know how to eat sushi or fold a napkin, but after reading this book you'll agree that good advice should be written down and passed through the generations. Some of it is complete nonsense, of course, but that's up to you decide!
'...and still watch football.' The only guide to keeping the upper hand and becoming a strong-minded male that drives women wild. An ideal gift book for the hen-pecked, the hassled and the newly hitched.
To mark the 2004 Olympics in Athens, this title recounts the bizarre, controversial, inept, heroic and plain unlucky from the first modern games in 1896 to the glories of Sydney 2000.
Investigating the criticism from Catholic and evangelical Protestant detractors, this book reveals how and why Brown became infatuated with secret societies. Revealing details of Brown's unusual work habits, this biography charts Brown's struggles as a writer pre-"Da Vinci Code" and the windfall that occurred once published.
Divided into four parts, this book takes four stereotypical housewives: Single Mum, Alpha Wife, Stressed Out Wife and Trophy Wife. Each part reveals their personality and world - the clothes they wear, their hobbies, how they design their homes, the state of their kitchen sinks, their favourite cocktails, how they run the households, what kind of men they go for, what books they read.
In the 1950s golf was generally a sport enjoyed by the privileged minority in one or two countries, but today it is played by all classes from China to the U.S. There are millions of courses around the world, and there are even holidays catering just for golfers.
The World Cup is footballing Nirvana - the global competition where the best of the battle it out while the world watches. This book provides footy-lovers and laymen with useful trivia on the facts and history of the World Cup. It talks about the competition: players; great matches; goals and the personalities that have passed through the ages.
What rich pickings there are for an anthologist of love poems - haunting stories of enduring love or of love lost, not to mention wonderful confessions, often robustly comical, of pure lust.
Provides information on how to use the many French loanwords with impeccable pronunciation. This book includes definitions to help you spice up your conversations with interesting anecdotes and colourful expressions about food, wine, theatre, painting, literature, ballet, architecture and fashion, among other subjects.
Tells of spectacular failures and unexpected success of the French language - second only to English for the number of countries where it is officially spoken. This work is written in a chronological narrative spanning more than 10 centuries, from ancient French dialects of the 8th century to the French spoken in Quebec, Algeria, Beirut and more.
No matter how we look at it, life is strange and not always what it seems. Complemented by touching animal photographs, Bradley Greive's uplifting guide contains all the questions and answers we need to make the most of our lives. The author suggests that we listen to our hearts and use our heads!
The trouble with French is that there are far too few English words in it. In this classic humour bestseller - now reissued for a whole new generation of Franglaisphiles, Miles Kington comes to the rescue. The language here can be understood by almost anyone who failed GCSE French. If you have passed GCSE French, it could be tricky, but try anyway. A Frenchman would probably not understand a word of it, not that he would let on. This hilarious and indispensable book is invaluable in a variety of social and business situations. New in paperback, the original and ultimate guide to Franglais.
A second helping of Miles Kington's Franglais phrase-book, 'Let's Parler Franglais Again!' will save the day when you find yourself 'Dans le Health Food Shop', having to deal with 'Le Port-a-Porte Salesman', or when you need to know "Qui est Qui En France'.
This volume covers 100 years of cinema history, including disastrous stunts, star temperaments, eccentric animals, Hollywood rivalries, unexplained deaths, casting coups and bizarre locations. It answers such questions as: why would the droids lose control in "Star Wars"?