Living in Paris with her partner, the workaholic Mr Frog, and their adorable toddler, Tadpole, Catherine decides to alleviate the boredom of her metro-boulot-dodo routine by starting a blog under the name of Petite Anglaise. As she lays herself bare about the confines of her stagnant relationship with Mr Frog, about Paris life and about the wonder and pain that comes with being a mother, she finds a new purpose to her day. As Petite Anglaise, Catherine regains her confidence and makes internet friends, including one charismatic and single Englishman who lives in Brittany, James. And after meeting James one evening in a bar, Catherine feels she has regained her ability to fall in love, too.Petite Anglaise weaves together many strands which have already struck a chord with the thousands of readers who love her blog: a "fish out of water" perspective of Paris life, the raw emotional drama of a whirlwind, adulterous romance and an honest appreciation of the hardships of single motherhood.
- Paperback | 352 pages
- 128 x 196 x 24mm | 240.4g
- 01 Feb 2009
- Penguin Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
"A digital-age fairy tale set in Paris. . . . Petite Anglaise is light, frank and tremendous fun." --" Guardian" (UK) "Back-story unseen in the blog, and novelistic fluency. . . . Wry and often wise insights into worlds real and virtual." -- "Independent" (UK) "Written with breathtaking candour, it will appeal to existing fans and new readers alike." -- "Daily Express" (UK) "Magnificent for the most traditional of reasons. Sanderson has a novelist's gift for capturing certain eternal situations. This book could have been called 'Madame Bovary on the Metro to the Childmonder's.'" -- "Financial Times" "[Sanderson's] simple, but evocative descriptions of Paris bring the city to life. . . . Though Sanderson writes about her personal experience, she touches on larger issues. Readers will relate to her struggle to find her city, her true love and her calling." -- "The Gazette" (Montreal) "From the Hardcover edition."
About Catherine Sanderson
Catherine Sanderson is a 35 year old Brit who was bitten by the French bug while still at school and has never looked back. She has been living in Paris for more than a decade, working first as a teaching assistant and later as a bilingual PA, and has been blogging under the pseudonym Petite Anglaise since July 2004. She lives in the working class cultural melting pot of Belleville with her daughter Tadpole.