petite anglaise

August 27, 2009


Filed under: book stuff — petiteanglaiseparis @ 2:52 pm

In honour of official ‘French Kissing’ publication day, I just wanted to answer a lot of the queries I’ve been receiving on facebook and by email about the novel’s availability abroad.

As things currently stand, I only have a Doubleday Canada release date – March 2010.

The Penguin UK version should be available in the high street bookshops in the UK, throughout the Commonwealth and in a selection of English language bookshops abroad (including WH Smiths in Paris).

In the meantime, if you are outside the UK and wish to get your hands on a copy, your best bet is probably to order it from the Book Depository – it’s reasonably priced and they will ship it anywhere in the world for free.

I do hope you enjoy it.

So. Shameless self-promotion over. I shall now go back to fretting about what my friends and family think of it.



  1. Petite, if we didn’t want to know about your latest(!) volume we wouldn’t be subscribed to your blog. All the best for ‘French Kissing’, even if I am less than enamoured of the title the publishers have given it.

    Comment by John Norris — August 27, 2009 @ 3:43 pm

  2. Fun! I’ll keep my eyes open for it at the English language store here…hopefully they will bring it in.

    Comment by The Cowgirl — August 27, 2009 @ 4:00 pm

  3. Shameless self-promotion is the golden key in publishing these days, given the publishers expect it of us poor writers now. So go for it, petite Anglaise. And now I’ll go find me a copy of your book.

    Miss Footloose, whose foot got stuck in Paris once by mistake, and it took 2 entire days to get it unstuck, but she loved it so much, she came back another time and footloosed all around.

    Tales of the Globetrotting Life

    Comment by Miss Footloose — August 27, 2009 @ 4:15 pm

  4. “throughout the Commonwealth” good to hear we are still supporting the colonies ;-)

    Comment by Nick — August 27, 2009 @ 4:21 pm

  5. I agree it’s kind of an odd term to use, but publishing contracts always do refer to ‘UK and Commonwealth’ – and depending on the contract, may or may not include Canada (where I in fact signed a separate contract).

    Comment by petite — August 27, 2009 @ 4:35 pm

  6. I’ll be keeping my eyes opened for it :)

    Comment by L.C.T. — August 27, 2009 @ 4:48 pm

  7. Congratulations on the new book, petite!

    Some time ago I was worrying on your blog whether “Tadpole” from your first book will get translated into German along with the rest of the text, since the idea of naming one’s lovely little daughter “Kaulquappe” somewhat scared me… Now, they do mention Kaulquappe on, but I do hope she remains Tadpole in the translated book… I still don’t like the idea, you see.

    Comment by alcessa — August 27, 2009 @ 5:17 pm

  8. Wow, it must be such a buzz to be awaiting the publication or your literary baby, I’m sure it was alot more difficult to concieve and took longer to gestate then your other impending arrival!

    And I have a feeling I am going to empathise with your heroine’s internet dating travails!

    Good luck


    Comment by Francaphile — August 27, 2009 @ 6:41 pm

  9. Goodluck with your new book!

    Comment by Googlebear — August 27, 2009 @ 7:42 pm

  10. I enjoyed your book very much (in hebrew) and recommended it on my own blog.
    Regarding French Kissng – is there a Kindle edition?
    Good Luck with your new book.

    Comment by dana — August 27, 2009 @ 8:05 pm

  11. Amazon UK doesn’t sell Kindle editions.. So I guess it might come with the Canadian version next March on…

    Comment by petite — August 27, 2009 @ 8:23 pm

  12. Petite, I’ve ordered it on Amazon. Next question is: when is an official “dédicace” day? Paris? London? This time I need you to write something for mine :-p (I’ll be in Paris in October)

    Comment by Vonric — August 27, 2009 @ 9:26 pm

  13. Haven’t visited for quite some time (do you have a Twitter acct for PA?), and just saw you got one of them fancy novels all the kids are talking about. Let me get this straight. You’re an expatriate novelist living in Pari.? Can I be honest? I kind of hate you a just a little.

    Comment by Curt — August 27, 2009 @ 9:31 pm

  14. I received my copy through Amazon two days ago. yet to find time to sit and read.

    Comment by christine — August 27, 2009 @ 9:38 pm

  15. Thanks for the hint about Book Depository. I’ve ordered it and it was easy and lightning fast and cheaper than Amazon U.K. I didn’t want to wait any longer!

    Comment by Steve G — August 27, 2009 @ 9:42 pm

  16. Love the free world wide shipping! Just sent a copy to myself in California

    Comment by Victoria — August 28, 2009 @ 7:08 am

  17. Hmmm, after reading that advertising blurb, I’m doubly curious. Will have to get myself over to WH Smith p.d.q. and get a copy!

    Hey, if you find yourself at loose ends some afternoon (after we do the school rentrée next week, of course) and want to have coffee, let’s do it. Last time (I recall with a smile) that we had coffee was when I told you about my Finnish friend who met a great guy in Paris on a dating sight… and NOW look at the two of us! Does art imitate life or is it the other way around?

    Comment by The Bold Soul — August 28, 2009 @ 9:54 am

  18. Hey, this ‘Commonwealth’ girl is looking forward to it coming to New Zealand! Came across ‘Petite Anglaise’ in a second hand book store and loved it! Now just need to catch up on the blog!!

    Comment by Kylie H — August 28, 2009 @ 12:22 pm

  19. Good luck with the publication of your first novel!

    I was reading some of the potted petite entries, you really are an excellent writer.
    Maria x

    Comment by Maria Roberts — August 28, 2009 @ 3:46 pm

  20. Catherine–I cannot wait to read it!! I have to get a copy ASAP!!

    XOXOXO and good luck with it!


    Comment by Lucy — August 29, 2009 @ 3:35 am

  21. Good luck, can’t wait to read it :)

    Comment by Suki — August 29, 2009 @ 4:34 pm

  22. My copy has arrived from Amazon this morning and I can’t wait to get the boys back to school so I can sit and read it all in the deserved peace and quiet that I feel I have earned after 5 weeks of being an ‘At-home’ Mummy again! Failing that, I am coming to Paris in 3 weeks so will read it on Eurostar to get me in the mood!

    Good luck Petite! I’m sure it will be a huge success,

    Nicola x

    Comment by 3boymum — August 29, 2009 @ 4:48 pm

  23. Finished reading French Kissing this afternoon. Felt the need to check your blog and comment. I loved it. I only discovered petite anglaise at the end of July and couldn’t wait to read your first fiction.

    Funny, interesting.. couldn’t put it down for very long, and was willing her to “win” in the end. Wonderful.

    Comment by Linzi — August 29, 2009 @ 9:05 pm

  24. This could be exactly what I need to cheer myself up during my swine-flu-imposed rest…

    And I second the request for a dédicace day!

    Comment by Res — August 29, 2009 @ 11:17 pm

  25. Good luck with your new book – could not find you on

    Comment by Rob (aka Spainrico) — August 30, 2009 @ 1:46 pm

  26. Thanks for the invaluable book sourcing info… I can already hear the local postman cursing me for yet again failing to shove another heavy parcel through the narrow letterbox! The only problem here in the Azores is that post takes forever to arrive, even though we are part of the EU. As we say, “if it doesn’t get done today (if it doesn’t arrive today!), it’ll get done (it’ll arrive?) tomorrow”. Amanha, amanha, sempre amanha! :-)

    Comment by quazorean — August 30, 2009 @ 11:51 pm

  27. would love to hear your rentrée story petite [already read yours bold soul]

    im dreading mine next week!

    Comment by kara — September 1, 2009 @ 12:40 am

  28. Well, there can’t be many of your readers who are actually relieved that you have blogged less (shock horror) since you became pregnant – but I am one of them! This is simply because I have only just discovered your excellent blog, courtesy of picking up a copy of your first book, “Petite Anglaise”, in my local library last week! I enjoyed it very much – and of course, could hardly wait to find you on the internet.
    Thank you so much for that helpful message in your sidebar, telling those of us fresh from your memoir (and new to your blog) where to continue……So now my marathon blog-reading fest is over (you really did submit a lot of posts in 2007 and 2008, you know!), but like other readers, I will look forward to reading your next post whenever it is.

    All the very best,


    Comment by Harriet — September 1, 2009 @ 6:01 pm

  29. et ben je suis bien triste ! j’ai déjà fini le livre (et maintenant je n’ai plus rien à lire).
    Ca m’a rappelé mes déboires sur Meetic en 2006…
    j’imagine que c’est inspiré de votre histoire ?
    Elsa, une française à Londres, prof de français pour étrangers !

    Comment by Elzaz — September 1, 2009 @ 10:00 pm

  30. I got engaged on the same day that French Kissing was published. It was a total surprise for me, but the timing was apt as I am a fan of the blog and the P.A. book. Also it was our third anniversary!

    Shameless self-promotion over.

    I await my copy from The Book Depository and expect it is at least as good as Linzi thinks. Good luck with the new petit!


    Comment by Shamelessly Self-Promoting Holly — September 3, 2009 @ 1:11 am

  31. I’m about to order it on amazon :O)

    Bonne chance Petite – hoping its a wonderful success!

    Comment by La Chat Noir — September 3, 2009 @ 8:55 am

  32. Superb one-sitting book (as per the other one), well done, bravo, highly readable and hugely enjoyable!

    Comment by Tiffany — September 3, 2009 @ 1:18 pm

  33. ps loved the Lila turn of phrase, ‘…did xyz’, eg ‘I did never meet her before.’, likewise the continuity of the ‘transports amoureux’ which also made a really lovely ending

    Comment by Tiffany — September 3, 2009 @ 1:26 pm

  34. French Kissing in the UK

    Sid Vicious meets Blondie, eh? Must be quite a read — I’m looking forward to it already.

    Comment by Roads — September 3, 2009 @ 6:24 pm

  35. The book is great.

    Comment by Aaron — September 5, 2009 @ 12:16 am

  36. Look at this, the book is on the rankings!

    Comment by Minous b — September 5, 2009 @ 4:14 am

  37. I followed your link–the free shipping got me!
    The first of yours came to me in Colorado, and this one will be delivered to Tampa, Florida. Needless to say, it’s been a long & crazy ride between your projects. I look forward to taking a break from grad school and reading this one during my (precious) free time!
    Will let you know how much I love it once it gets here.
    Thanks for the ordering info!

    Comment by Alyssa — September 6, 2009 @ 2:56 am

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