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Canadian rights to Stephen Clarke’s TALK TO THE SNAIL, a short gift book offering humorous advice on dealing with the French, including dealing with the complexities of the many different forms of address, how to converse with a French waiter, days on which you can’t expect the French to work, and of course, advice on love and sex, to Helen Reeves at Penguin Canada, in a nice deal, by Susanna Lea Associates.
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