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Petite Anglaise: In Paris, In Love, In Trouble Hardcover – 28 Feb 2008
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'Addictively readable' -- Mail on Sunday
'I loved it' -- India Knight
'Light, frank and tremendous fun. Like all good writers, Catherine's work enables us to appreciate the diversity, possibilities, trials and beauty of life.' -- Rory MacLean, Guardian
'Self deprecating, funny, sensitive, interesting, Sandersons' book is an insight into the nitty-gritty of life as a "Petite Anglaise"'
'Written with breathtaking candour, it will appeal to existing fans and new readers alike' -- Daily Express
`A wonderful train journey read.'
-- In Style UK
`Petite Anglaise is an addictively readable account of the highs and lows of life behind her alter ego' -- You Magazine
`Written with breathtaking candour, it will appeal to existing fans and new readers alike' -- Daily Express
From the Back Cover
'I hear returning footfalls and moments later anxious fingers prise my arm from my face; a pair of grey-blue eyes gaze questioningly into mine.
"Mummy's got a bad, bad headache," I mumble feebly, turning on to my side and burying my feverish face into the cool pillow instead.
But there is no pain, at least not in a physical sense. I am, quite simply, stricken with horror; aghast at the thought of the upheaval I am poised to inflict on our little family. And yet, at the same time, every cell in my body vibrates at a higher frequency. Never have I felt so guilty, nor so intoxicatingly alive.'See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Catherine does not attempt to justify her thoughts or actions. She does listen when other people criticise her - e.g. her friend Amy telling her that she has been very self-centred and unobservant of what other people are going through. She is aware she is hurting Mr Frog, but knows he is unhappy with the relationship as well. I think it is just part of the human condition to become bored with long term relationships and to want to escape. Life can sometimes seem to be the same day after day. Some people stay with the situation, others choose to bail out - it is a personal decision.
We only learn of our effect on other people as we get older - it is not something which is easy to learn. Perhaps she should have realised her relationship with James was doomed, but it is so easy to get caught up in the excitement and not see it for what it is.
I found this book interesting and enjoyable. If the author had presented herself as perfect I would probably have given up on it. Her failings make her more interesting not less. Set aside your pre-conceptions and read this as an example of the blog to book phenomenon.
When I started the book I wondered how on Earth I'm supposed to review a non-fiction book. I still don't know so I'm going to wing it! I apologise if my review causes offence, and there's a good chance it might, but I have to be honest and admit: I really disliked Catherine and thus, I really can't say I enjoyed the book.
It was interesting is as much as I enjoyed Catherine's honesty. I didn't like what she did but I admired her honesty. Apart from that I didn't like Petite Anglaise at all. Catherine was just too difficult to warm to - she came across selfish and very self-absorbed. Her treatment of Mr Frog and Tadpole really wasn't great. I couldn't have cared less if her relationship was failing, she should have broke it off before having her affair with James. The way she and James got together was beyond belief. She met him online in the comments of her blog - it sounds so unreal.
There also didn't seem to be much between James and Catherine in relation to their relationship. Sure they talked about what they might do but it never really seemed as if anything would come of it. (And ultimately, it didn't.) I was with Mr Frog when he said that all James had to do was to say the things Catherine wanted to hear.Read more ›
I picked up this book because the cover suggested a light read..chick lit style and I did not notice it was based on a blogger and real events. I read blogs and really enjoy some of them. But I am sorry to admit I just did not enjoy this book.
Right from the start I found it almost difficult to believe that someone of the author's age and with a child could be so fickle and self absorbed. I have a daughter Tadpole's age and while I can sympathise being in a difficult relationship that needs to end, I can not believe that someone could plough headlong into another relationship that potenitally could have uprooted a young child and separated a father and daughter only months after meeting. For a 'real' story it seems to me so unrealistic and unbelievable... If it had been fiction I think I would have been able to relax and enjoy it more knowing it was not really true.
I agree you should not really judge an author and their private life, but in this case it is different for the blogger is opening up their life...and in turn putting it out there further via her book. For me I was not able to find the author sympathetic or likeable. I just found her annoying and felt so incredibly sorry for the continually shunted Tadpole. I was also shocked at the total lack of appreciation for Mr Frog and in particular his parents. Wow what amazing people! I wish I had parent's in law who would look after my daughter. I can not imagine for the same lengths of time (three weeks...OMG!!!!) but at least for the odd long weekend and ocassional week.
The writing style is very easy to read and if you love Paris as I do the descriptions of places and venues are sections that you will appreciate and enjoy. I suppose what I am saying is all the bits peripheral to Petite's life!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book made me very sad for her and for her family. It seems that she gave up on them without so much as a fight!
If you are looking for a light read this is not it.
I read the audio book version as I spend a lot of time in my car. It is read by Anna Bentinck who is obviously bi-lingual. I loved the story and really admire Catherine's honesty. Read morePublished on 9 May 2011 by Mrs. Gerry McDougall
This was recommended to me by a friend and although I liked only paying 1p for it I was very surprised when I received the book to see a sticker from the British Heart Foundation... Read morePublished on 19 Dec. 2010 by Adala
I spent an hour or two looking at the blog. Don't need to read the book. Extreme narcissism, total absence of self-awareness and complete indifference to the feelings of others. Read morePublished on 11 Nov. 2010 by Walter Fane
I picked this book up in a charity shop, woefully misled by the pretty cover to believe that this was infact chicklit. Erm, actually its not. Read morePublished on 12 Feb. 2010 by Nicola F (Nic)
I don't understand how anyone sponsored publishing of that book?I glanced through authors blog and it is equally unworthy of stopping by. Read morePublished on 14 Dec. 2009 by Paperdoll
I found some of the reviews I read about this book to be very jugemental. Plus confusing because personally I enjoyed this book a lot. Read morePublished on 15 Nov. 2009 by db
I adore Paris, we honeymooned there (my husband and I that is, obviously!). Because of my complete adoration of Paris and my longing to live there, I tend to devour any real life... Read morePublished on 22 Sept. 2009 by Liverpool Poet
Catherine Sanderson was made famous when her boss discovered her blog, didn't like what he read, and fired her. She sued for wrongful dismissal, and won. Read morePublished on 4 Sept. 2009 by Lucy Felthouse