petite anglaise

October 8, 2007

heels

Filed under: book stuff — bipolarinparis @ 10:03 am

I just received the final version of the US cover, designed by Bo Lundberg – front panel above, full wraparound version below (publication set for summer 2008 – Spiegel & Grau). The Boy quite rightly pointed out that there are echoes of these opening credits.

If someone had told me just over a year ago that I’d be depicted wearing high heels – and possibly in the altogether, although it’s difficult to ascertain for sure – leaning against the Eiffel Tower on the front of a book (let alone MY book), I wouldn’t have believed it for a minute.

Comme quoi, life really can be stranger than fiction.

106 Comments

  1. Love it! It’s very elegant… A bit “sex and the city” though…

    Comment by Zeina — October 8, 2007 @ 10:12 am

  2. Très chic !

    Comment by Stuart Mudie — October 8, 2007 @ 10:20 am

  3. I love the book cover, and of course will be buying a copy as soon as it hits the presses.

    It’s going to be weird though – having not always read every post, there will be a sense of deja vu while reading it.

    You do realise you get mentioned in hallowed terms when talking about blogging with colleagues, don’t you :)

    Comment by Jonathan — October 8, 2007 @ 10:24 am

  4. At least the mommy gets to be a *sexy* mommy. But that molded miniskirt must be really tight and really short. Here we thought you’d avoided the Eiffel Tower on that other book cover…

    Proofreading is all part of the experience. If I might make a plug, you might find reading the “American Gods” blog archives at http://www.neilgaiman.com/journal/archive/archive.html
    interesting – it covers copy editing and book tours and the like – all the stuff that happens between when you hand your finished manuscript to your publisher and when it ends up on the library shelves in Meudon. ;-)

    Comment by Alethea — October 8, 2007 @ 10:33 am

  5. Why am I not surprised that for our American friends we need to picture the Eiffel Tower just to make it a bit more french!!

    Comment by CPickle — October 8, 2007 @ 10:50 am

  6. Love both covers – marginally prefer the UK one, but both are great. Just waiting till I can pre-order a copy!

    Comment by Richard Gillin — October 8, 2007 @ 10:56 am

  7. Very Pretty and very ‘sex & the city’, which in my book (sorry) can only be a good thing! I feel a little bit proud or something, as if you were one of the girls.

    How come Mr. Frog or Lover or whoever the male silhouette is gets to be clothed and you look naked?

    The ‘Catch me if you can’ undertones suggest you being chased around Paris (possibly naked) by adoring Frenchmen…..

    Comment by Susie — October 8, 2007 @ 11:30 am

  8. Hey, I like this cover. As you say, the US is slightly different in its world perspectives, and this places the book firmly in its geographical and relationship context from the start.

    For what it’s worth, I think for the American market it’s essential to avoid confusion with the ‘yummy mummy’ strain of writing. Yours is a different slant on life and motherhood entirely (and thank goodness for that, as well).

    Comment by Roads — October 8, 2007 @ 12:01 pm

  9. chick-lit tastic. which I reckon is a good thing :)

    Comment by chris — October 8, 2007 @ 12:24 pm

  10. What about Tadpole? Does she like her silhouette? Well done and good luck.

    Comment by Sarah — October 8, 2007 @ 12:34 pm

  11. I prefer the UK cover. But I’m not surprised; the US cover will work better there (I’m french living in California, so I guess I have a fair idea about both sides of the pond).

    Comment by walken — October 8, 2007 @ 12:38 pm

  12. VERY nice, I love it. I think it’s streets ahead of the UK cover. Do you get any say in the artistic process for the covers or is it thrust upon you?

    Comment by Andy Greig — October 8, 2007 @ 1:18 pm

  13. I like both covers but slightly prefer the US version. Anyway, it’s what’s inside that really counts. Looking forward to getting my hands on a copy.

    Comment by sablonneuse — October 8, 2007 @ 1:52 pm

  14. It looks really good. :-)

    Comment by Anna — October 8, 2007 @ 2:16 pm

  15. Love the cover!

    Comment by Nataliya — October 8, 2007 @ 2:25 pm

  16. I prefer the US version as it is more adult, less frou-frou pastel than the UK version. Even though you think it’s far from reality, I think it is more ‘in tone’ with your writing.

    Comment by Roberta Collins — October 8, 2007 @ 2:28 pm

  17. Ooooh — perky!

    I’m all for it, eiffel tower and everything. The style and little decorative touches are much more current (and the first edition will look charmingly dated at the beginning of your long bookshelf of future novels…)

    Comment by Ryan — October 8, 2007 @ 2:41 pm

  18. They do know the Eiffel Tower is slightly bigger than that in reality, right?

    ;o)

    It’s lovely. Nice colours, and great bum. ;o)

    Comment by Clare — October 8, 2007 @ 2:50 pm

  19. Is it me, or does the female (with high heels!) silhouette look like that clothes horse called posh spice?

    I think the septic tank cover is the better of the two, more metropolitan chic. Where as the UK cover looks a bit Enid Blyton, three go mad in Paris, maybe.

    And, more importantly (as a bloke), I’d buy the US cover without thinking, although the UK cover, I wouldn’t even pick up. Still, I suppose it depends on your target audience.

    Congratulations though, it must be deeply fulfilling knowing that ‘your book’ will soon be in print and on sale. If I was you, I’d be smiling to myself the whole time.

    Comment by Steve... — October 8, 2007 @ 2:58 pm

  20. Great cover, and the artist gave you a lovely rear end…….(Sorry, couldn’t resist….;-) )

    Comment by Dave of the Lake — October 8, 2007 @ 2:58 pm

  21. Both are fantastic! Though as one person has stated, the American cover seems to reflect your tone–while the English version is probably closer to reality. (Spoken from a mommy standpoint!)

    None of us is (or should be) all of one thing or another, we’re all wonderfully complex and depending on the day (or the wine) we can be anything we desire.
    So I think either (and both) work. It would be very cool to do a hologram type thing using both to reflect this–though it would be cost prohibitive, I know.

    And yes, I’m American. Well done, Petite. I’ll be snapping up a copy as soon as it (in whatever cover) makes it’s way to my ‘Burg.

    Laura

    Comment by Laura — October 8, 2007 @ 3:12 pm

  22. “possibly in the altogether”…
    am I having a dire day or is there some word missing here?
    Congrats, the US cover is really cool!
    Who is the male silhouette? Mr Frog or Lover?

    Comment by happyforyou — October 8, 2007 @ 3:21 pm

  23. As a US-er, I suppose it’s only a good thing that I far, far and away, prefer the US cover — I think the UK cover is a bit too mumsy — although on the US cover, they seem to have taken it in the opposite direction; it is declarably ODD that you’re nekked while he’s clothed —

    the bow on tadpole’s silhouette looks like tiny froggie eyes…

    Comment by Rachel — October 8, 2007 @ 3:30 pm

  24. This little piggy prefers the US cover.

    Comment by Parkin Pig — October 8, 2007 @ 3:32 pm

  25. I’m delurking specifically to say that I like it! The silhouettes are lovely.

    Comment by Ellen — October 8, 2007 @ 3:32 pm

  26. I second Roberta’s comment. This book cover looks ACE.

    Comment by stressqueen — October 8, 2007 @ 4:58 pm

  27. Just to clarify: “in the altogether” means naked, at least it does where I come from…

    Comment by petite — October 8, 2007 @ 4:59 pm

  28. Despite the (sigh) use of the Eiffel Tower, I greatly prefer the US cover. I think the UK version looks a bit…shabby/chic and dated? Then again, it does have a bit of a Cath Kidston flair which is swinging back into vogue as we speak.

    Either way, I’m anxious to read!

    Comment by carrie — October 8, 2007 @ 5:03 pm

  29. j’ADORE!

    Comment by blueseaurchin — October 8, 2007 @ 5:04 pm

  30. i really like the american cover for the colours but the silhouettes are not like the PA we read here on the blog (aka too sex and the city)

    it seems they really have to hit you over the head to show paris… attention customers this book takes place in paris

    i like the euro cover better

    Comment by kara — October 8, 2007 @ 6:00 pm

  31. I like both covers, though the stylized form of the U.S. version seem to be getting the most approval. I do agree that this one should hold more appeal for both men and women – maybe that’s what the publisher is going for?

    And I while I regret the Eiffel Tower, I’ll buy it happily!

    Comment by Allie — October 8, 2007 @ 6:16 pm

  32. very pretty!

    Comment by -'b. — October 8, 2007 @ 6:18 pm

  33. It would catch my eye in the bookstore.

    Comment by Caffienated Cowgirl — October 8, 2007 @ 6:29 pm

  34. I really love it – all the more because it reminds me of the colour scheme here.

    Is this the beginning of a brand ?

    Can’t wait to read the book.

    Comment by Mark — October 8, 2007 @ 6:41 pm

  35. This Yankee graphic designer votes for the Merkin version. A modern look to fit the tone of your work. I think it has more shelf presence, too, with its very graphic artwork. Gets the key information in there visually thus quickly: woman, man, child, Paris. It’s a brutal world out there in Bookville. You have to set yourself apart and while the British cover is a perfectly lovely illustration, it is too soft and subtle. And this is coming from someone who loves subtle. What’s your preference, petite?

    Comment by Franco Bollo — October 8, 2007 @ 7:05 pm

  36. Definately the US cover .. it’s more contemporary than the Euro version. Great colors, graphics.. altogher more representative of the Petite I’ve come to know. I NEVER visualize you pushing a pram with a conservative mummy do and dowdy duds. Petite’s a hip chick.

    Comment by Julie Cuccia — October 8, 2007 @ 7:26 pm

  37. Somehow, I don’t see you in those high heels! Congratulations on getting this far and good luck on what is to come!

    Comment by Lost in France — October 8, 2007 @ 7:38 pm

  38. I like it!! Very Chic indeed

    Comment by Chantel — October 8, 2007 @ 7:45 pm

  39. youpi!
    delphine

    Comment by delphine — October 8, 2007 @ 8:26 pm

  40. Sometimes I wish I’d never started blogging – it’s costing me a fortune.

    Oooo ….. I see you in high heels – no wonder that person is lost in France.

    Comment by Daddypapersurfer — October 8, 2007 @ 8:50 pm

  41. Wow. I liked the UK cover, but I love love love the US one. Very glam you look. I also think it will attract a wider range of reader.
    I have not seen you in such vertiginous heels in real life, but a little bird told me you were wearing some on your birthday night out.

    Comment by Mancunian Lass — October 8, 2007 @ 9:04 pm

  42. I shall take the neutral stance here: I think both covers are equally lovely, and I shall buy one of each as they come out.
    It is good that you managed to have the same title on both books. The Girl with a One-Track ended up with a somewhat strange title on the American edition of her book. I trust the words are going to be the same in both books – it would rather spoil it if someone tried to adapt it.
    Well done, and can’t wait for the end of Feb 2008.

    Comment by Pierre L — October 8, 2007 @ 9:07 pm

  43. Ooh la la.

    I like both of them equally for completely different reasons.

    Now, why do we have to wait ’til next summer?! Seeing the covers is like showing the baby candy and then telling us we can’t have it.

    Will definitely be picking up a copy, no doubt about that.

    Comment by AlieMalie — October 8, 2007 @ 9:34 pm

  44. The UK one is better. The US image doesn’t look like you at all.

    Comment by Jean-Luc Picard — October 8, 2007 @ 9:47 pm

  45. @41 – Indeed, although the little bird didn’t see the part where I took them off and walked home barefoot…

    Comment by petite — October 8, 2007 @ 9:53 pm

  46. The cover actually looks like the sequel to Mr. And Mrs. Smith : Paris and Potties (or something).

    In any case, very cool cover.

    Comment by Alexia — October 8, 2007 @ 10:29 pm

  47. oh i LIKE it. rather more than the uk version, actually. but there again i preferred the us jacket for my novel to the uk. god knows, i preferred all of the overseas jacket. BUT there’s a repackage in view. i’ll send you a jpeg soon. (be honest, now)x

    Comment by rivergirlie — October 8, 2007 @ 11:13 pm

  48. Yep! LOVE IT! Especially the little bubble butt as they say over here! LOL! :)

    Comment by Karma — October 9, 2007 @ 3:33 am

  49. VERY glad I’m living in the US. MUCH prefer US cover. I’d love to know the thinking behind each, and why the UK merits a more ‘mumsy’ cover while the US one is much sexier.

    Comment by Paola — October 9, 2007 @ 3:37 am

  50. WOW! I like the US cover and think it will draw a lot of attention on the bookstore shelves and displays!!! I’m glad it will be the one I’ll be getting–even if I have to wait until next summer….

    Hope you’ll come to the US for a booktour.

    : )

    Comment by linda from jersey (that's new jersey USA) — October 9, 2007 @ 4:13 am

  51. I must reluctantly agree with #35. Though I don’t like the high heels and apparent nudity, (because it isn’t you) I must say, I do believe this cover will get more Merkins who don’t know you to pick up the book for a look inside than the UK cover would have. And that’s what this book biz is all about these days, I guess.

    The big difference in the covers makes me realize that I must now also buy the Merkin version when it comes out, to see how your voice is translated.

    Hugs from Missouri

    Comment by PJ Carz — October 9, 2007 @ 4:27 am

  52. Naturally, I’d buy it if it looked like a biology textbook but I love the cover. So many bloggers hope that someday a big handsome publisher will pull them from obscurity and offer a book deal. You got one! In blogging terms, you have married the prince! Congratulations dear girl!

    Comment by Peggy — October 9, 2007 @ 6:30 am

  53. So chic !

    Comment by marie-hélène — October 9, 2007 @ 9:54 am

  54. yeah I’m really liking the US cover, it’s really pretty and it does seem more adult than the other one. If I didn’t know your blog and was in a bookstore I’d be more inclined to pick that one up then the UK one. Me predicts you’re going to sell very well in Australia, we read a lot of books about expats in France!

    Comment by destinationmetz — October 9, 2007 @ 10:50 am

  55. I love the US version.. the French version seems a bit “Bois de Boulogne”, 16ème, 7ème expat…. the US version is sexy, just like you !

    Comment by magillicuddy — October 9, 2007 @ 11:14 am

  56. oops I meant UK version, but you know what I mean

    Comment by magillicuddy — October 9, 2007 @ 11:14 am

  57. I’d buy that book just for the cover.
    Well done you!

    Comment by tinylondon — October 9, 2007 @ 12:20 pm

  58. Maybe the character on the US cover is not naked but wearing ultra-tight jeans? Or, erm, a leotard??!

    Comment by old school friend — October 9, 2007 @ 4:46 pm

  59. I would definitely buy this book just for the cover! Helps, though, that I can’t wait to read what is inside. I am not sure how long I’ve been a fan of your blog, but definitely a few years. It has been amazing to be here almost from the beginning…I am very proud of all that you’ve done!

    Comment by Tamara — October 9, 2007 @ 4:48 pm

  60. C’mon people

    Never a judge a book by the cover!

    ;-)

    Comment by Eats Wombats — October 9, 2007 @ 5:52 pm

  61. 1) Love the U.S. cover, though I was surprised by the apparent nudity (what’s with that, anyway? Did/Will they tell you?). :-) …. I don’t think it’ll sell well in the conservative South/Midwest, but the majority of the population is in Calif. and the Northeast, anyway. Can’t wait to get a copy.

    2) Be sure your server is ready for the upsurge (possibly tsunamic) in hits before your book is published! Even if this website isn’t listed in the book you’ll be “googled”.

    Comment by Janet Tryson — October 9, 2007 @ 8:22 pm

  62. Yes, Wombats, but people do.

    I know Petite’s not so keen on the Eiffel Tower cliche. But … I do like this US cover, all the same.

    And is it just me, but isn’t there just a tiny touch of Mary Poppins in the UK version ?

    Comment by Roads — October 9, 2007 @ 8:58 pm

  63. Oh my god!!!
    It’s so beautiful!! You must want to stare at it all day long!!!!

    Congratulations!!!

    xox Girl and the City

    Comment by Girl and the City — October 9, 2007 @ 11:52 pm

  64. You’re NOT wearing jeans and a T-Shirt?

    Can you send me the proof in a…
    ummm sorry, I didn’t mean to me like that!

    Well Done and Good Luck

    Jolly pleased for you

    B-)

    Comment by Martin — October 10, 2007 @ 12:42 am

  65. Catherine: BRAVISSIMO! Congratulations – I will surely be purchasing this on its first day out in the US – even though I have already read every single entry on your blog. Bravo to you – it is incredible what one person can do in a lifetime – what you have done is incredible and its because you lived your life fully and honestly – both with pain and perseverance.

    Enjoy the success. And thank you for sharing.

    Comment by Julie — October 10, 2007 @ 12:52 am

  66. It looks the dog’s doo dahs! Either work for me. Looking forward to the content although is it going to be acceptable for a guy to sit reading it in public? Should I revert to a Maxim or Busty Wenches cover or would you consider that Sacrilegious? It’s a dilemma!

    Comment by Jester — October 10, 2007 @ 9:28 am

  67. @Jester – you can wrap anything you like around it, my dear. The Angling Times, Busty Wenches, What PC?

    Just so long as you buy a copy!

    Comment by petite — October 10, 2007 @ 9:33 am

  68. I’ve been reading your blog for ages. Will definitely get the book :) Good Luck!

    p/s: I vote for the US cover – but wonder which version will hit stores in Asia?

    Comment by CC — October 10, 2007 @ 9:56 am

  69. Well done petite. Enjoy! And to misquote Del Boy, “This time next year, you’ll be on the bestseller lists…”

    Comment by Suziboo — October 10, 2007 @ 9:58 am

  70. Hello petite,
    You don’t have to post this comment as I’m really writing to you rather than commenting on this item. I was looking through your archive today and noticed (I think?) that you have cut out some of your old postings? When I discovered your blog about a year ago, I read through all your archives (yes, I do have a day-job, but I liked what you wrote). In one of your very first posts, you mentioned that you had been inspired by Belle de Jour and that you had used an article from, I think, the Guardian to set up your blog. I wanted to find that link again, but it is now gone. Would you be able to send me that original link (provided the article from the Guardian still exists, of course). I’d be most grateful.
    Thanks,
    Ania

    Comment by Teaperson — October 10, 2007 @ 11:08 am

  71. @Ania – t’is all here.

    Comment by petite — October 10, 2007 @ 11:22 am

  72. pmsl that all the Americans are referring to themselves as “Merkins”.

    Presumably it will stop when they discover what a Merkin is :(

    Comment by oxo — October 10, 2007 @ 12:25 pm

  73. Here in the UK I have to say that I prefer the US cover. Just a personal preference of course.

    Good luck with the book, I enjoy reading your blog.

    Comment by Marion — October 10, 2007 @ 12:32 pm

  74. Loving the cover, can’t wait for the book!

    A

    Comment by AnglaiseAnna — October 10, 2007 @ 1:12 pm

  75. US story : a Paris call-girl who has become a mother tries to conciliate her child raising with her career.

    UK story : a Paris-living English mother tells about her everyday life and the vagaries of raising a child in France.

    Whichever …

    Comment by Yogi — October 10, 2007 @ 3:50 pm

  76. I just can’t wait to read it …

    Comment by Muriel — October 10, 2007 @ 4:36 pm

  77. I think the US cover is lovely. The UK cover looks a bit fluffy and insubstantial in contrast. Are there any textual differences between the UK and US versions? Have your US publishers asked you to rewrite ‘British-isms’ or translate French words or anything like that?

    Comment by Peg — October 10, 2007 @ 8:59 pm

  78. Yikes and thanks for the heads up, Oxo.

    I thought I learned that “M” word for “Yanks” from le Meg. Well, come to think of it, if I did, I should have googled it first; she’s too clever!

    Still, I got a good laugh. You never know what you will learn from Catherine’s blog!

    Comment by PJ Carz — October 11, 2007 @ 1:06 am

  79. @oxo, Thanks for the tip off. LMAO (much less messier than PMSL) when I found the definition for “merkin”. Don’t think it’ll stop me, tho…

    Comment by Franco Bollo — October 11, 2007 @ 3:15 am

  80. wow, those covers are really awesome! and elegant!

    hope i can get one to read soon.

    Comment by ruby — October 11, 2007 @ 7:30 am

  81. Busty Wenches it is then!!!! I wouldn’t stoop so low as to use the Angling Times or What PC. People might think I’m a perv!!!

    Comment by Jester — October 11, 2007 @ 9:09 am

  82. That’s more like it. A much better cover than the UK one. Even the shade of pink used is more in keeping with your blog – dusky and womanly rather than the girly.

    Comment by nicola — October 11, 2007 @ 12:26 pm

  83. Can I assume the ONLY difference between the British and American version is the cover?? I hate to think they would make any changes a la Harry Potter “translations”!

    Comment by Helene — October 11, 2007 @ 12:53 pm

  84. love it!

    Comment by Karen Fritz — October 11, 2007 @ 4:40 pm

  85. the backdrop colour scheme kind of looks morroccan aswell doesn’t it? With the browns and oranges and the domed buildings….

    Comment by susie — October 11, 2007 @ 7:01 pm

  86. @83 – so far the US version hasn’t been copy edited, and I suspect some Americanisations (spellings, pushchairs becoming strollers, etc) will be factored into the final version to give it the widest appeal.

    Up to you which one you buy, at the end of the day…

    Comment by petite — October 11, 2007 @ 7:13 pm

  87. Salut, Petite!
    I took the liberty of taking a cover image off the Amazon UK site and doing a book plug on my blog. Hope that’s ok.
    PS: Both covers look great. And truth, along with life, is always stranger than fiction. Best of luck with the book launch.

    Comment by Drusilla — October 11, 2007 @ 10:49 pm

  88. Are the Americans and English so different from one another that they require different book covers?

    Anyway, love the cover. And can’t wait for the movie. I think Renee Zelwiger should play you.

    Comment by Caroline in Rome — October 12, 2007 @ 9:23 am

  89. Cheers Petite,
    it had somehow escaped my notice.
    Good luck with the last bit of the proofreading. Most tedious part of the editing, definitely!
    Btw, make sure your US editors don’t sweet-talk you into renaming the protagonists (Froggie, Taddie…)
    ;-)
    A.

    Comment by Teaperson — October 12, 2007 @ 11:32 am

  90. I find the book cover sleek, and flattering ! I mean, who in real life has a body like that? (:

    P.S. Does Tadpole have horns?

    Comment by sassy — October 12, 2007 @ 2:01 pm

  91. I’me sure you look good in high heels.

    Comment by Parisian Cowboy — October 12, 2007 @ 5:25 pm

  92. Fantastic book covers… agree that Renee Zellweger should play you… but not so much in the shape of Bridget Jones.. no big knickers for Petite Anglaise… some nice French undies!!

    Wendy
    http://wendyfrenchhelpservices.blogspot.com/

    Comment by Wendy in Herault — October 12, 2007 @ 6:53 pm

  93. Since I live in the South (US)I thought I would take a survey for you. I printed out both covers and have shown them to 17 Southern women so far. 16 prefer the UK cover and 1 prefers the US cover. Eight of the 16 asked what was up with the nudity on the cover of the US copy. The South is more conservative.

    Comment by Elle — October 12, 2007 @ 7:49 pm

  94. I think you should adopt heels. they definitely make for a stunning silhouette….and aren’t they like a requirement for living in Paris?

    Comment by blueseaurchin — October 12, 2007 @ 10:58 pm

  95. Not to mention they click, click, click of nice heels announce your arrival and make heads turn to attention leaving you to bat your dainty eyelashes…

    Comment by blueseaurchin — October 12, 2007 @ 11:03 pm

  96. *thinks*
    Hmm, if I cancel the Times for a few weeks then maybe I could afford the hardback…
    *unthinks*

    Comment by meredic — October 13, 2007 @ 9:02 pm

  97. Oh, Petite!

    My beloved hubby had to order something from amazon for his teaching and asked me if I had anything to add. On a whim, I searched for the (ahem) American version of your book, and voila; it is now available to pre-order from amazon US, to come out in June, I believe. So I ordered it, too. I have put this in your blog, because I have not gotten an alert from the “book news” link you set up, and this was really big news to me, and probably to many of your faithful, so I hope you spread the word.

    Bisous,

    P

    Comment by PJ Carz — October 13, 2007 @ 11:50 pm

  98. Oooh, it looks great, congrats!

    Comment by |•••Nin•••| — October 14, 2007 @ 3:02 am

  99. So how does Paris feel this morning, Petite?

    Comment by Maalie — October 14, 2007 @ 7:37 am

  100. The heck with what Petite thinks about the book cover! The question that everyone wants to know about her Is: Is she celebrating gleefully that England beat France in the rugby World Cup, or is she drowning her sorrows in a glass of Bordeaux over France going down in flames? ;-)

    Comment by Dave of the Lake — October 14, 2007 @ 5:25 pm

  101. Petite,

    Am I alone in thinking that your posts are getting fewer & further between?

    Are you now quietly moving on to a time & place where you no longer feel the need to keep the world up to date with snapshotes and tidbits of your life?

    And is it possible that you see your book as a natural denoument as you head off into a Parisian sunset?

    Comment by Tom — October 15, 2007 @ 1:16 am

  102. Petite, where are you?
    We miss you.
    We are hanging out for a new post..

    Comment by running thread — October 15, 2007 @ 3:39 am

  103. At comment #96 (or whatever I turn out to be), who the hell cares what I think. Who the hell would have cared at comment #1, come to think. But anyway, this granny-aged person finds the U.S. cover sexist. Both clothed or both nude works for me, but how come the bloke wears clothes and the protagonist appears to be naked? All it would have taken was the suggestion of a pair of jeans and I could have lived with the F-me heels. As it is, it makes you look like a tart. But that will probably sell books, so come to think, why should you care!

    Comment by Passante — October 15, 2007 @ 3:48 am

  104. I would like to ask you a question, completely not related to your book, or your post.

    How is Paris, with the world cup fever going on? Difficult to live in? Crazy? Mad? or fine with a fantastic vibe?

    Perhaps a topic for a post, before the world cup is finished? I am in South Africa, and have been following your posts for a while, and really enjoy them, I was in Paris in July, visiting a friend, was taken to all the non-tourist places which was fabulous.

    I am also learning to speak french, as I have had the same fascination as yourself from a very young age with france and the language and culture.

    But alas, I am so far away, not as fortunate as you.

    Thank you for such entertaining reading.

    Regards,
    Suzanne

    Comment by suzanne — October 15, 2007 @ 8:39 am

  105. I like it. Very different for the English cover! How nice though to be depicted so glamourously!

    Comment by Sally Lomax — October 15, 2007 @ 12:34 pm

  106. That’s what I was thinking Tom. Without being pushy Petite, are there no little entertaining (non-book related) slices of your life that you’d like to share with us? How is Tadpole doing? How’s your relationship progressing? I fear that by the time the book does come out, we’re all going to be fed up hearing about it :-(

    Comment by David in London — October 15, 2007 @ 10:14 pm


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