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Touche: A French Woman's Take on the English

Agnes Catherine Poirier

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Biography: general, Prose: non-fiction

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 why France is a nation apart from Britain, in more than just physical distance.

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Praise for Touche: A French Woman's Take on the English

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

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Agnes Catherine Poirier

Agnes Poirier is a Paris-born and London-educated journalist, writer, critic and broadcaster. She is the author of four essays about the different ways in which France and Britain do things, topics she tirelessly discusses on the BBC, Sky News and CNN and writes about in, among others, the Guardian, Observer and The Times. She has also taught at Sciences-Po in Paris, and pre-selects British films for the Cannes film festival. She loves cycling and the songs of Charles Trenet. She lives in Paris and London.

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