petite anglaise

June 4, 2009

feeling blue

Filed under: book stuff — petiteanglaiseparis @ 9:48 am
paperback cover US

I just happened to spot the new cover for the Random House paperback edition of petite, published in the US and Canada on 9 June (which I suspect will be overshadowed by Tadpole’s birthday, on the very same day!)

I had no idea it was going to be blue, and while I like the shade very much (as my wardrobe can testify), I can’t help thinking that it clashes somewhat with my blog colour scheme…

If you are on the other side of the pond, you can order a copy from Amazon US or Amazon Canada, or from your local bookstore.

Hopefully my author copies will be making an appearance in my letter box any day now.


  1. Love the cover – very stylish and eye catching – but, erm, yes, doesn’t quite gel with your blog colour scheme – ah well, perhaps a new shade is called for. Best wishes, Sarah

    Comment by Sarah — June 4, 2009 @ 10:04 am

  2. they will love it in blue..:)

    Comment by lex — June 4, 2009 @ 10:10 am

  3. I’m sure it will be loved by all.

    Comment by Googlebear — June 4, 2009 @ 11:21 am

  4. Certainly very eye-catching and different! Still familiar enough though :)

    Comment by L.C.T. — June 4, 2009 @ 11:29 am

  5. when is the movie coming out??? ;-)… I think Reese Witherspoon would make a lovely Catherine…

    Comment by Steve De Mangelaere — June 4, 2009 @ 12:10 pm

  6. Maybe not you house-style but it will probably give you a lot more male readers. :-)

    Comment by Ilja — June 4, 2009 @ 12:23 pm

  7. It’s a great eye catching blue, and definitely something that will draw potential buyers to the bookshelves :)

    Comment by Ness @ Drovers Run — June 4, 2009 @ 12:56 pm

  8. It looks magnificent — I’m ordering my copy now (it can go on the shelf next to the Dutch edition I got because it was the first to come out, ages ago).

    Comment by pierre l — June 4, 2009 @ 1:27 pm

  9. It’s an unusual colour but that will make it stand out, and I love the cover design. It’s a tough market out there at the moment. I think the cover is a unique selling point.

    Comment by Rosie Scribble — June 4, 2009 @ 1:56 pm

  10. I live in Canada and I have a similar cover but it’s the colours of your blog – pinky/peachy/browny. This blue sure is interesting though :)

    Comment by Margarita — June 4, 2009 @ 2:22 pm

  11. How strange. I’ve always really liked the color of the book (U.S. edition) and how the colors coincided with the blog. Meh.

    Comment by Jess — June 4, 2009 @ 3:24 pm

  12. I love the blue. No more chick-lit pink!

    And as for the actress best suited to play you… I think that girl from “Secret Diary of a Call Girl” is available, non?

    Comment by Meg — June 4, 2009 @ 3:36 pm

  13. I rather like the blue and I think it goes quite well with your blog colour scheme. You have an orangey colour on the edges and the dusty rose tints rather sets it off quite nicely.

    Comment by JChevais — June 4, 2009 @ 5:17 pm

  14. I am from across the pond and am happy to report I bought the original yellow coloured Petite Anglaise. It is so much prettier than the blue…I have no idea why the powers that be find it necessary to change things so the people on this side of the pond would find it more appealing??? Seriously?!?

    Comment by Erin Harhara — June 4, 2009 @ 7:47 pm

  15. I’m looking forward to reading your book – going to order now!

    Comment by Melissa — June 4, 2009 @ 8:33 pm

  16. I like that combination of blues, personally. I look forward to the release!

    Comment by Kelsey — June 4, 2009 @ 11:55 pm

  17. Hm….you could change your blog colour scheme. I much prefer the blue cover, especially as it lends it a more thoughtful air.

    Comment by tasha — June 5, 2009 @ 1:57 am

  18. I’ve been reading your blog for a while, and you’ve just convinced me that your book will be the perfect read for my upcoming honeymoon in Jamaica. I look forward to my new blue edition of your story!

    Comment by Lizounette — June 5, 2009 @ 2:20 am

  19. Farewell chick-lit pink, anyway. That blue is very stylish.

    I think your US publishers have won the cover design contest twice now. The UK editions are not bad, but they are just very of the UK in design style, especially the paperback.

    Comment by John Norris — June 5, 2009 @ 6:39 am

  20. are there any plans for you to come over to the U.S for a book signing?

    Comment by Pattoo — June 5, 2009 @ 7:25 am

  21. #Pattoo – not at the moment. In the current economic climate I think only massive bestselling authors would get to cross the atlantic to tour. And frankly, in my bumplicious state I’m quite relieved that it’s not on the cards…

    Comment by petite — June 5, 2009 @ 4:08 pm

  22. I prefer the hardback colors, but the important thing is that it gets out there to spread the word. I too look forward to the movie and why shouldn’t you appear as yourself? No one has more beautiful eyes.
    By the way, your writing style reminds me of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City–and that made it as a series of TV movies and DVDs!

    Comment by Steve G — June 5, 2009 @ 7:09 pm

  23. I love the colour – and the fact that Tadpole and I are born on the same day. Ok, 35 years apart, but all the same. :)

    Comment by teeweewonders — June 6, 2009 @ 12:24 am

  24. Blue is perfect! And it DOES go with your colors here already. As an artist/designer, I can tell you that blue is the complementary (opposite on the color wheel) color of orange. Complementary colors always work well together. It doesn’t have to be the same shade or tone. So the darker blue against the lighter peach-ish (same color family as orange) is fine. It looks as if they’ve done the complementary of blue as the center of the flowers on the book cover. It’s a little too small to tell for sure.

    It’s good. It stands out. It’s not too girly so you might get a different audience.

    I’m going to order from Amazon. I happen to have a $5 coupon from earthlink (my ISP provider) that I can use. So it will cheaper for me. Good thing. I got laid off from my job. You know how THAT goes. I’m confident that this change is good for me though and I’m not too upset. : )

    Comment by linda from jersey (that's new jersey USA) — June 6, 2009 @ 4:27 am

  25. Oh yeah, US tour please. : )

    Comment by linda from jersey (that's new jersey USA) — June 6, 2009 @ 4:33 am

  26. I like the colour of the cover of your book. That shade of blue always makes me think of nighttime and jazz.

    Comment by The Memoirs Of Zoé — June 6, 2009 @ 7:56 pm

  27. Ooh that’s my birthday too!

    Comment by siobhan — June 6, 2009 @ 10:44 pm

  28. Perhaps the blue is a sign…..
    I recieved your book by chance about a year ago…loved it and loved finding the blog! Great story. Really nice blog.

    Comment by nyc via ire — June 7, 2009 @ 9:05 am

  29. Hi there!

    I came across your blog via another blog (about Paris, because – well, I love Paris).

    Anyway – my husband and I own a little bookshop in Denver and I ordered “Petite Anglaise” for our shop; in fact we received our copies last week!

    Interesting coincidence, then, to come across your blog – of course I had to say hello!

    Best wishes to you and I can’t wait to read the book!

    The Bookery Nook

    Comment by Shannon — June 8, 2009 @ 3:17 am

  30. I definitely agree that the blue might turn on a different audience to the book. I love the blog colors and pink in general, but the blue is more eye-catching.

    @Meg- I love Billie Piper… She’s make a great petite :)

    Comment by alessandra — June 8, 2009 @ 11:22 am

  31. Is it coming out on Kindle? If not, I will buy it on Amazon.

    Comment by SuzieQ — June 8, 2009 @ 4:09 pm

  32. Sorry, I realized that it was already on Kindle. I have always wondered if authors get paid the same royalty for Kindle books as the do regular sales. Any insight?

    Comment by SuzieQ — June 8, 2009 @ 4:30 pm

  33. Without wishing to condone stereotypes perhaps the new blue cover will appeal to male readers too. Good luck with new edition!

    Comment by La Chat Noir — June 8, 2009 @ 4:43 pm

  34. Happy Birthday to Tadpole for tomorrow and good luck with the party!

    Comment by Ellie — June 8, 2009 @ 7:52 pm

  35. Feeling blue? Ok! It’s a bit early for a “blue feeling”, don’t worry! :)
    Nice color, let’s say blue “Paris by night”!

    Comment by Dan Dx — June 9, 2009 @ 12:47 am

  36. how random!

    Comment by AB — June 9, 2009 @ 2:22 am

  37. Already the 9th here in NZ, Happy Birthday Tadpole!

    Comment by Adam — June 9, 2009 @ 4:48 am

  38. Happy Birthday, Tadpole!!

    Comment by happyforyou — June 9, 2009 @ 9:37 am

  39. hi, wish Tadpole a very happy birthday on my behalf and congrats for the new book which I will be buying soon… Blue is a nice colour, its my fav one, however, the colour of your blog would have suited better for the cover.

    Comment by girl across the ocean — June 9, 2009 @ 8:32 pm

  40. Hey. I think that the cover is Great. Its actually what caught my eye when looking around for books and what not in my local book store (Coles). I am Canadian by the way. I have not quite yet started to read the book, but I know I will get RIGHT into it very much so :)


    Comment by Andrew DuBois — June 10, 2009 @ 7:33 pm

  41. Hi petite

    This is the first time I have read your (or any!) blogs. Recently my husband and our 2 babies (4 and 1) moved to Phnom Penh for a year so the idea of a ‘fish out of water’ blog appeals to me immenseley. Thankfully a wonderful girlfriend of mine gave me your book to read on our trip over. What a blessing! I have read it about 3 times now and can feel myself destined to be a big fan of your blog :) In fact, I wonder often if a blog wouldn’t help me work through some of my feelings of the culture shock, lonliness and isolation I am currently feeling in these early months of living in a new country? THanks again for a fantastic book!!

    Comment by Khmer dreaming — June 12, 2009 @ 5:28 am

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