petite anglaise

September 28, 2009

over and out?

Filed under: misc — petiteanglaiseparis @ 3:19 pm

I got an email from a reader the other day enquiring after my well-being and suddenly realised I hadn’t blogged in over a month.

The truth of the matter is that I’m fine – indeed, we all are – but the inclination to blog, which has been on the wane for some time, seems to have finally left me, and, this time, I suspect it might be permanent.

When Tadpole says something funny or disturbing – such as yesterday, when we were sharing a bath and she confessed she rather likes the taste of her own crottes de nez – I’m no longer overcome by an overwhelming desire to rush to my keyboard and share her words with the world at large. I tend to update my facebook status instead, and I find that eliciting a few brief responses from my friends usually satisfies any cravings I might have for a spot of banter or virtual interaction.

For a long time I put this changed state of affairs down to the fact that I was writing for a living; I reasoned that it was normal, really, to want to do something other than write in my spare time. But I’ve been on hiatus, bookwise, since the springtime, and the desire to express myself in the form of lengthy blog posts online hasn’t miraculously returned, so it would seem that wasn’t the real explanation, after all.

I read an article a month or so ago about Liz Jones, a newspaper columnist who has made a living out of sharing every aspect of her personal life, showing little or no regard for the feelings or right to privacy of the partners/lovers/neighbours that she uses for material. It left a nasty taste in my mouth. Personal blogging was something I felt the need to do during a short, pivotal period of my life but, as I hope I demonstrated in my memoir, I realised, with hindsight, that particular path was strewn with landmines. I learnt some valuable lessons from the experience and will always be grateful for the doors which opened as a result.

But now I’ve moved on.

When my publisher asked me to pen a host of first person articles to coincide with the launch of ‘French Kissing’, I wasn’t at all keen. None of the pitches I sent, somewhat reluctantly, to various newspapers and magazines were actually commissioned, and while I’m sure this didn’t do sales of the book any good, I felt nothing but relief. By choosing to write a novel, I’d consciously taken a step away from tell-all, first person writing. Admittedly, some of the subject matter might have seemed familiar to regular blog readers – single motherhood, expat life in Paris, dabbling with online dating – but every scene and every last shred of dialogue was invented. I found it more enjoyable, making use of some of my experiences in a fictional context, once removed from my own life. Which is why plugging the novel by writing no-holds-barred pieces about my personal life would have felt like a leap backwards.

So. Let’s make this official. I’ll post updates here if I have any exciting book-related news – such as the French translation of ‘petite’, which will finally be published in my adoptive country on November 4th – and I’m sure I’ll drop by to upload a photo of the new baby, a month (or less) from now. I’m still on facebook – both in a personal capacity, and as an author – and am in the process of reviving my long neglected twitter account.

But, as far as personal blogging is concerned, I’ve turned the page. And it feels good.


  1. Have enjoyed reading your blog over the months (years, perhaps). Another RSS feed in my Netvibes pages that will now be silent, and eventually removed from the page “Blogs” :-(.

    Bon courage

    -Simon a.k.a. fruey

    Comment by Simon White — September 28, 2009 @ 3:33 pm

  2. you were one of the original bloggers I used to read, when i first realised about this trend. You were one of the people who made me realise that it was okay to bare all and that it was a genre in itself to write quirky, funny conversational entries which is what my blog’s grown into. I had stopped checking your blog really, but it’s still sad. Proud of you though all the same.


    Comment by Billygean — September 28, 2009 @ 3:42 pm

  3. Good luck and I am sure this decision will indeed feel as a relief. Of course, we (I) will miss your blog, but I understand you completely. Good luck with everything.

    Comment by Lisa — September 28, 2009 @ 3:54 pm

  4. You will be missed. You were the inspiration for my starting a blog. But I understand where your coming from, how personal blogging can be really important for a certain period of time in one’s life, but then one must move on. Haven’t checked out your new book yet but will do so soon.

    Comment by lapagefrancaise — September 28, 2009 @ 4:01 pm

  5. Farewell, Petite.
    It was lovely to read about your life these last few years, so “thank you for sharing” :) Your blog is a fine achievement, well done.
    Wishing you much happiness always…

    Comment by happyforyou — September 28, 2009 @ 4:07 pm

  6. Au revoir Petite, it’s been fun. Will follow you on Twitter. Looking forward to reading the new book. Other than that, take care.

    Comment by Nick — September 28, 2009 @ 4:10 pm

  7. I understand your reasons but, having just re-discovered your blog after reading your first book, it will leave a ‘petite’ sized hole in my life.

    C’est la vie! You have a new baby, a husband and a busy life and probably don’t feel the cathartic need to share the details of your life with all and sundry. Blogging is easier i suspect when you’re less well known too :0)

    Good luck with the new book, the new baby and your new life.

    au revoir xxx

    Comment by Justine — September 28, 2009 @ 4:13 pm

  8. Chère petite Anglaise,
    il n’y a pas longtemps que j’ai commencé de lire votre blog – mais je comprends totalement pourquoi vous avez décidé d’arrêter tt ça.
    I’m wishing you and your little family all the best and am excitedly looking forward to your first novel!
    Bon courage,
    Ver Sacrum**

    Comment by Ver Sacrum — September 28, 2009 @ 4:20 pm

  9. Now we know what Mr. Frog felt like…thanks for letting us down gently.

    Comment by Doug — September 28, 2009 @ 4:33 pm

  10. I had been missing your posts, so, from the selfish viewpoint of this long-time reader, your decision is a loss.

    On the other, more relevant hand, it was fairly clear at the time, and it is even more clear now, that your blogging was a way of fighting boredom at work, as well as addressing some serious troubles in your personal life. That you don’t feel the desire anymore is therefore excellent news. Congratulations !

    Comment by ontario frog — September 28, 2009 @ 4:37 pm

  11. i will miss reading you regularly.
    (however, i already feel kind of weaned, thank you.)
    keeping you on my feedreader, and will get the occasional update, am especially looking forward to the announcement to the new addition to your family.
    tout de bon!

    Comment by beyond — September 28, 2009 @ 5:02 pm

  12. As other have said, I think it is fair to say that you were the first blogger I ever read. I also have various flavours of your first book (including the Dutch version which I had to have because it was the first one, even though I can’t read the language).
    So, thank you for all those lovely posts and best of luck for the future.

    Comment by pierre l — September 28, 2009 @ 5:16 pm

  13. Farewell! I think all things reach an eventual close and now you have made that move to fiction, maybe it is simply the right time. Although who is to say that you won’t decide to start blogging about some other chosen path in the future ;-) I for one will be following your FB updates to see … French Kissing arrived yesterday and I’m looking forward to reading it :-)

    Comment by Fanciful Alice — September 28, 2009 @ 5:17 pm

  14. Au Revoir, Petite! Yours was definitely the first blog I ever followed. You’ve brought much laughter to my day on many occasions. I’ve still been checking the site daily despite the less frequent postings. Old habits die hard. :-) You will truly be missed. I’ll have to settle for facebook from now on. Take care.

    Comment by Sara — September 28, 2009 @ 5:45 pm

  15. an elegant exit

    Comment by chris — September 28, 2009 @ 5:54 pm

  16. Ah-I’ve been reading for years, but I truly understand.
    Good luck and wishes for your new baby and thank you for sharing your life with so many strangers for so many years.

    Comment by — September 28, 2009 @ 6:33 pm

  17. I can’t say I’m overly pleased. Many of my blog reads have gone the same path. The dead end one. I almost feel resentful on one hand,,,,must you have been so charming? so entertaining? so friendly? only to disappear leaving us empty hearted? So many blog authors have. It wasn’t kind to leave us after making us care so much about you. It’s completely your fault really. I think I shall give up reading them. I never deserved the pleasure anyway, as I never had a blog of my own. For all of the reasons you stated. So many online things have come and gone since the net because the norm. Society is moving along in technological waves, riding each one until it sputters out into a frothy foam unable to support our interests. Really Petite, how could you?

    Comment by beaunejewels — September 28, 2009 @ 6:52 pm

  18. This may be the best sad news I’ve ever gotten.

    I have enjoyed reading over the years, so I am sad that you won’t be blogging any longer. You’ve inspired, amused, saddened and enlightened me. I’ll miss the quality of your writing.

    It warms my heart that you have come to such a good time and place in your life that you don’t feel like blogging any longer. Best of luck to you and your lovely family.

    Comment by PJ Carz — September 28, 2009 @ 7:02 pm

  19. Sad news, but also understandable giving the way your life has changed since you started blogging. Best wishes for the future!

    Comment by amberwolf — September 28, 2009 @ 7:16 pm

  20. Yours was one of the first blogs I discovered. I’ll miss it. Take care of yourself, the boy, your beautiful girl and the new baby.

    Comment by Kaycie — September 28, 2009 @ 7:42 pm

  21. Don’t blame you. Like you, I came to the conclusion a couple of years ago that I’d grown out of blogging. It started out as fun — I’ve made my living as a writer for almost 40 years, but when I blogged I was writing what I wanted to (usually think pieces, not personal stuff), not what someone had commissioned. But eventually I started getting “when are you going to post again?” e-mails if I hadn’t blogged in a week or so. It started feeling like an obligation. Now it’s one thing to be obligated to a weekly column if I’m getting paid, but I decided that if I wanted an unpaid obligation, I’d volunteer to tutor children or something. That’s when I quit.

    Enjoy your life. Good luck with the baby.

    Comment by Passante — September 28, 2009 @ 8:04 pm

  22. All good things and all that… Good luck with your new direction, I hope all works out well.

    Comment by Liz — September 28, 2009 @ 8:06 pm

  23. I am sad to read this posting. Unlike many other readers, I had only recently discovered your first book and then the blog. Yours is the first blog I ever read and is one of only two I read now. So I feel loss. I was hoping to learn more about Catherine.

    However, to write or not has always been your choice, and I affirm that freedom to choose. Also, it has been obvious lately that your life is quite full and occupied, as it should be.

    I also understand the transition you discuss between the blog and writing fiction, and that you don’t want to be stuck in the first category forever.

    Thank you for writing as long as you have, and thank you for your first book. I am already enjoying your second, and I hope there are many more.

    And, if there is ever again an urge to share the real Catherine and her reflections on a real life, there is a need and an audience. Marriage and motherhood are both infinitely rich and meaningful, and successes and difficulties in each will always speak to others, whether they are revealed through fiction or memoir. More importantly, there will always be those who want to listen to, send good wishes to, and care for just Catherine, as a separate identify from the blogger, the novelist, the wife, the mother. Your reflections have brought insight, smiles, chagrin, and many other emotions to all who have read you.

    I have never done Facebook (much less twitter), dinosaur that I am, but will give it a try.

    Comment by Steve G — September 28, 2009 @ 8:16 pm

  24. I’ve just finished “French Kissing” and it inspired me to go back and read your earliest entries. As many other readers here, your was the first blog I started following on a regular basis and it opened a new world to me of the wonders of the Internet, on-line dating and other fall-outs from the web-based society that most of us now live in. You had a knack for observing things and stating them in short, sharp ways that resonated with people. I’ll miss hearing about the life of Tadpole, the Boy and the new baby, but good luck and bonne continuation (but do post a little from time to time… please??) :-)

    Comment by Tandy — September 28, 2009 @ 8:23 pm

  25. Wow, it’s been good reading your posts over the last few months. I look forward to reading French Kissing, when I find the time!

    Best of luck in the future with the new baby and everything else you do :D


    Comment by Teaser — September 28, 2009 @ 8:59 pm

  26. Remember, never say never…

    I think this means that you’re very happy in your current situation. You’re kicking out the ’emotional crutch’ that has kept you steady in difficult times.

    It’s been great reading your work Petite Anglaise and we must not forget, a part of your life.

    The headline should read, ‘fine blogger reduced to 140 characters or less’.

    Love, kisses and hugs to you and your family, and if you happen to be on La Rive Gauche in twenty years selling books, I’ll drop by and say hello…

    Comment by Steve... — September 28, 2009 @ 9:07 pm

  27. Well, farewell then, good luck and thank you – yes, all 3 of them :-)

    Comment by alcessa — September 28, 2009 @ 9:17 pm

  28. hello petite,

    like many others, i have been a regular reader of your blog for years now (though before today i have remained anonymous). also like many others, i feel a certain selfishness that i will no longer be privy to the intimate details of your lovely life in paris.

    i have read both of your books and enjoyed them more than i can say; i truly hope you keep writing.

    congratulations on your new addition, and i though i will miss this blog immensely, i am truly happy that the sadness seen in your archive of blog posts has now been replaced. thank you for sharing it and inspiring me with your emotions.

    best of luck.

    Comment by Alex — September 28, 2009 @ 9:50 pm

  29. Well good luck (I keep the RSS feed, that’s what it is for ;-) just in case).
    And please DO TELL soon where there will be a dedicace session for the new book :-)

    Comment by Vonric — September 28, 2009 @ 10:05 pm

  30. Sorry to see you go but congratulations too!

    Hope the pregnancy is going well and good luck with your new addition who I am sure will bring you lots of joy and smiles and all that good stuff!

    Comment by kilburina — September 28, 2009 @ 10:12 pm

  31. As a long-time lurker, I’m gutted, but not – at all – surprised. I think there’s a lot to be said for not just letting it trail off. So best of luck, and I will just have to keep buying your books.

    Comment by Kate — September 28, 2009 @ 11:34 pm

  32. …finding Petite Anglaise at our public library and then looking you up on-line to see your photos and reading/watching the interviews and then discovering and following your blog has been fun…
    Thanx for your discipline!
    I look forward to seeing the movie in the future!

    Comment by Beverly — September 28, 2009 @ 11:59 pm

  33. That’s understandable. I’ve very much enjoyed reading your writing, on and off the web. I shall follow you on Twitter instead and I look forward to seeing a picture of the little one.

    Comment by L.C.T. — September 29, 2009 @ 12:08 am

  34. I was so excited when I saw a new post today! Now I’m sad. Wish you the best.

    Comment by Kathryn (Sanders!) Romero — September 29, 2009 @ 12:20 am

  35. Will miss your blogs, Petite, but I totally understand your need to move on. I do hope, however, that you keep on writing novels!:)

    By the way, was in Madrid a few weeks back and your latest book was sold out at the FNAC! Darn!;) I was hoping to read it six months in advance of its Canadian release! Oh well:)

    I was also trying to find Petite Anglaise in Spanish. Do you know if a translation exists?

    All the best to you and your family. Hope to see your name on more books as years go by:)

    Comment by Duchesse — September 29, 2009 @ 12:20 am

  36. I have really enjoyed both your blogs and books. I have a blog(although not to the extent of yours),and as my life has changed in the last year and I now feel content I don’t feel the need to blog very often. I can only guess that this is one of your reasons. I will however look forward to any future books you write,you are a lovely writer. Good luck with your new baby.

    Comment by Lynne — September 29, 2009 @ 12:54 am

  37. Hello Petite, I just found your blog less than a week ago when I started my own. Since then I’ve been reading it non stop. This is very addictive! I’m already on April 2007 and I intend to continue until the end.
    Even though I’m not one of your readers of years, this morning when I read your post I couldn’t help feel a bit of sadness…but to be honest, I was pretty surprised that you had kept writing for so long.
    I’ve just posted 4 entries on mine and although I don’t want it to be an ‘open book’ to my life, I’ve already confessed to a few things and I wonder what I’ll end up writing and for how long before it feels I’m exposing myself too much.
    I wish you the best and it seems everything worked out for you after all, so I guess this blog was worth it after all.

    Comment by Syl — September 29, 2009 @ 2:07 am

  38. cant say we didnt see this coming!

    Enjoyed your blog (the little i got to read of it being a late starter) and very much enjoyed your book.

    A tu t’aller petite!

    Comment by philadelphie — September 29, 2009 @ 4:06 am

  39. It’s the end of an era : the era where we discovered blogs, and mainly Petite Anglaise, and became caught up in the various ensuing traumas and excitements (firing! Industrial Tribunal! Love affairs, weddings and babies!)

    I am a bit sad, has to be said. But your blog life, like all the best stories, had a beginning, a middle (oh, what a middle) and this, the end.

    I’m saying au revoir on behalf of myself and Mancunian Lass, you know who we are!

    Comment by Flighty — September 29, 2009 @ 4:15 am

  40. Thank you for writing.

    You are an inspiration to me.

    Merci. xoxo Bonne Courage.

    Comment by Margarita — September 29, 2009 @ 4:19 am

  41. Dear Petit

    I have just recently read Petit Anglaise and excitedly logged on to have a look at your blog.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the book nd would like to wish you every happiness in the future.

    I look forward to reading French Kissing – when I can get a copy in Australia!

    Comment by Karlene — September 29, 2009 @ 5:47 am

  42. Good for you, Petite. Looking forward to reading your books. Found ‘French Kissing’ here in an English-langauge bookstore :)

    Comment by The Cowgirl — September 29, 2009 @ 7:03 am

  43. Goodbye, thanks, & best.

    Comment by Rachel — September 29, 2009 @ 7:31 am

  44. A bittersweet blog. Good Luck for the future. My French Kissing has arrived, so I will read that knowing that you are in a new blogless phase. I’ve really enjoyed your tales. Thank you.

    Comment by Linda — September 29, 2009 @ 8:14 am

  45. Dear Petite

    You have been an inspiration to me- when I separated from my husband 4 years ago, it was so similar to your own story, when I read ‘Petite Anglais’, it clicked in me that I needed to change my life. I have started French tuition to improve my French, I have started to write fiction which I always enjoyed when I was younger and I gave up my city job that drained me and now work from home and have time for my 3 boys and I also ditched the man I had been with for 2 years, finally admitting that it wasn’t going anywhere. Well, he wasn’t going where I want to go!

    Thank you for everything, Petite. Just promise to keep writing your wonderful books and enjoy your beautiful family which is the most important thing in life.

    Bon chance!

    Nicola x

    Comment by 3boymum — September 29, 2009 @ 8:51 am

  46. Having followed your blog for a number of years now, I’m both sad and glad to read this. It’s good to know you’re in a good place right now, but your updates will be missed. Thanks for sharing the slices of your past life and all the best for the future.

    Comment by Frances — September 29, 2009 @ 9:02 am

  47. Damn, sad news for all of us, but good for you! I hope this means that we will at least see more fiction from your pen in future! Best of luck to you! See you on facebook and twitter where petite-size fixes will have to do! :-)

    Comment by redsaid — September 29, 2009 @ 9:19 am

  48. Well Petite another page in your life is being turned,we all need to do this as we grow.

    Congratulations on all you have achieved with this blog.I have enjoyed reading and sharing your thoughts.

    Luckily I have already found you on Facebook and shall continue to keep my eye on your comments.
    Good luck with the new baby and your happy famille.
    :) xx

    Comment by Lex — September 29, 2009 @ 9:40 am

  49. I understand your reasons , i for one will miss your little snippets of life in paris , and Tadpoles milestones , through this blog we have almost watched her grow up. Im sure many fans feel let down , much ,like we are now suplus to requirements now you have 2 bestsellers out . I wish you luck in whatever you turn your hand to next , and well in your final weeks of pregnancy. I do hope book 3 will not be far away !

    Comment by Lisa — September 29, 2009 @ 9:58 am

  50. Bidda bom. Bom. Bom.


    Bom bom bom.



    Comment by JonnyB — September 29, 2009 @ 10:26 am

  51. @Lisa – I apologise if you or anyone feels ‘let down’.

    As I’ve tried to explain above, this has nothing to do with having published books (thank you for assuming they were bestsellers, which is not necessarily the case!) If that were true, I’d have jumped ship in 2006 when I first signed a publishing contract.

    This is about not wanting to force myself to do something that is no longer coming naturally.

    And as grateful as I am to my readers for all their support, I don’t think I should feel obligated to continue when my heart is no longer in it.

    Comment by petite — September 29, 2009 @ 11:17 am

  52. It’s been a pleasure reading you.

    As I type this I feel like if you were an old friend leaving for a remote destination – sad to know we won’t hear from you as often, but wishing you all the best and understanding that this is probably the best decision for you if you feel that way.

    Best of luck to you and your family.

    Comment by Michel — September 29, 2009 @ 1:13 pm

  53. Petite,

    I am also one of those who have been reading for years, your blog was the first I ever read too, and you inspired me, made me laugh and I found reading in earlier years very enjoyable, so thank you

    I’m glad you got something out of blogging, you’ve clearly had a lot of success which was well deserved

    I have noticed the “heart not really in it as much” vibe in your posts for a while, I am glad you have come to a decision which suits you

    Good luck with the little ones and the writing

    Comment by Maxi — September 29, 2009 @ 1:27 pm

  54. If I may paraphrase Fannie Flagg, “Miss Petite is a lady… and a lady always knows when to leave.”

    While all good things don’t necessarily come to an end, sometimes, they must. I’ve wondered for some time if this might be coming, and it seems now is the time. Your heart has moved on, and that’s a lovely thing. Can’t wait to see a few baby pix on FB when the time comes, and I guess we’ll see each other around town, sooner or later. All the very best to you and M and Tadpoles #1 & 2!

    Comment by The Bold Soul — September 29, 2009 @ 1:29 pm

  55. petite,

    Another long time reader, and occasional commenter too, saying, thank you for the blog. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it over the years but of course you’re right, it’s time to move on…I’ll miss your takes on Paris, motherhood and amour. All the best to you, Tadpole, The Boy and the new wee one when the time comes.

    Nothing left to say except, au revoir.

    Comment by suziboo — September 29, 2009 @ 1:38 pm

  56. Indeed Petite. We certainly have no right to expect you to continue with the blog if you don’t feel like it. I hope you won’t delete the archives though.
    And thanks again for all the pleasure you have given us.

    Comment by pierre l — September 29, 2009 @ 1:52 pm

  57. I would never delete the archives. People often email me to say they are catching up on what happened after the memoir, or they are comparing what I wrote at the time with what I wrote in the book. Wouldn’t want to rob anyone of that!

    Comment by petite — September 29, 2009 @ 1:59 pm

  58. Thanks for being a little piece of Paris in between my visits and for introducing me to the delights of Belleville!

    Will miss your take on the city as much as all the wee personal gems from your life.

    Take care

    Comment by juliawolfie — September 29, 2009 @ 2:16 pm

  59. Hi Petite

    At work but bored (and yes, I do stuff I should not but have not been sacked yet!!) and about to start French Kissing. Petite Anglaise was such a lovely book – I got soo into it. Hoping your 2nd will be as good. Here goes………

    W11girl :)

    Comment by W11girl — September 29, 2009 @ 3:21 pm

  60. I will miss it!

    Comment by Ingibjörg Jónsdóttir — September 29, 2009 @ 4:30 pm

  61. Having followed you all this time for a vicarious Parisian life, and noted your lack of recent posts, I assumed you had moved on. Congratulations and continued good luck in the real world.

    In contrast, I’ve just moved to Paris, and although I blogged on previous visits, this time it’s going to be a daily (or nearly so) blog about actually living here as opposed to visiting. I’m interested in the discipline of thinking about and reporting one’s life, although it won’t (I assume) be as exciting as yours has been. And to be in Paris and write about it has been a dream long deferred.


    Comment by Shelli — September 29, 2009 @ 6:08 pm

  62. You inspired me to put my writing out there. I can see that the course of true love didn’t always run smooth, but it made for wonderful reading.

    While I, for one, am certain that reports of your departure from the blogosphere are premature, it’s easy to appreciate that life makes things different as you go forwards.

    Wishing you all the best, and don’t be afraid to come back and write more. Because we all deserve to be treated in life, every now and again.

    Comment by Roads — September 29, 2009 @ 9:03 pm

  63. Sorry to hear your decision, but it’s always the best bloggers that decide enough is enough! Have just read ‘French kissing’ presque d’un trait this weekend and enjoyed recognising your voice as well as the references to real Paris locations. Hope to see you in print again post- baby.

    Comment by Eliane — September 29, 2009 @ 10:11 pm

  64. I think “The Bold Soul” (#54) and “Chris” (#15) said it perfectly with “a lady always knows when to leave via an elegant exit”.

    While you’ll certainly be missed…’tis much better to leave with your head held high on a such a positive note. Know that readers around the world are cheering you on as you take this next step forward. :)

    Comment by Chicago_gal — September 29, 2009 @ 10:40 pm

  65. I know the feeling. I’ll miss reading your updates, but I understand completely. I think a lot of people have gone the same way. Good luck with everything, and I’ll look forward to seeing baby pics!

    Comment by Clare Sudbery — September 30, 2009 @ 12:02 am

  66. I will miss your blog, despite your having reached the decision to depart gradually. It was one of the first I read; you introduced me and many others to a new kind of writing.

    All the best to you and the rest of the cast, not forgetting the imminent new arrival. And I would like to meet you again if the opportunity offers.

    Au ‘voir

    Comment by John Norris — September 30, 2009 @ 2:16 am

  67. yes, i feel weened too, as an earlier commenter said. will continue to any and all books you publish.

    : )

    Comment by M. — September 30, 2009 @ 7:07 am

  68. Dear Petite,
    I’m also so sad to see you go (and I was getting worried when you hadn’t posted for a while!), but I’m glad that there will always be the archive and your books to keep us going.
    Good luck with the new baby, and a life away from blogging.
    We’ll all miss you!

    Comment by Duchess — September 30, 2009 @ 8:22 am

  69. Like everybody, I am sad but understand.
    May I suggest a last post? Ask everybody how they discovered your blog. This is because I feel strange that I never find good blogs by myself, but only after suggestions. I read yours following Maitre Eolas’ post.
    Wish you the best.

    Comment by clement — September 30, 2009 @ 10:01 am

  70. I am quite new to your blog but I feel sad already. I have read many past posts and you write with such passion. I hope in the future you decide to continue :)

    Comment by becky grant — September 30, 2009 @ 10:53 am

  71. This is disappointing but as a blogger who rarely even blogs myself, I understand..
    Please do update us about the baby though!

    May I now be cheeky and ask which are your favourite blogs, perhaps to fill the void? ;)

    Comment by Lisa — September 30, 2009 @ 10:54 am

  72. You are ending on a high note! I’ve really enjoyed your posts over the years, thank you for that.

    Good luck and bonne continuation!

    Comment by Karen — September 30, 2009 @ 11:30 am

  73. I think you have made the right decision, Petite – as others have said, there was a time for the writing of your blog which has now passed, and your life is full and happy and busy. It’s wonderful to know that you have arrived, after lots of ups and downs, in such a good place.

    You are not obliged to write your blog to please your readers, but may I just join others to thank you for everything that you have chosen to share with us over the years. I too have been gripped by all that has happened to you since I first found your site, the very first blog I discovered. And you have a special significance for me, as it was after I had shown my new best (and, I thought, platonic) friend your site and was telling him how much I enjoyed it, when he interrupted me to give me my very first kiss! The rest, as they say, is history….

    Good luck with everything, especially the birth of your baby. xx

    Comment by Lindy — September 30, 2009 @ 12:44 pm

  74. I’m bemused to see that my departure was seen as “newsworthy” – see article here.

    I should point out that Peter Allen is the Daily Mail journalist who outed me, back in 2006, and, as usual, the article is riddled with factual errors and misquotes.

    Comment by petite — September 30, 2009 @ 1:11 pm

  75. We will miss you! I have enjoyed reading the blog (I found it from the book!). Thank you for sharing so much of your life with us, and I will certainly miss your tales of Paris, and raising a bilingual daughter!

    Bonne Chance, Petite!

    Comment by Catherine N. — September 30, 2009 @ 1:19 pm

  76. All good things come to an end?? No, you are right to move on, but I’m glad of Facebook so that it won’t be a definitive departure. Was looking forward to hearing about CP and am hoping your date will be 10th October :) ps I will now have time to go back and read all the other blogs I’ve never yet read, being a relatively late arrival to your blog. Many thanks. Bon courage.

    Comment by Tiffany — September 30, 2009 @ 1:28 pm

  77. Si on critique c’est parce que l’on aime ? Anyway good luck and looking forward to the occassional update here.

    Comment by Timide — September 30, 2009 @ 2:25 pm

  78. Hiya Petite

    Its funny how absorbed you can become in someone else’s life isn’t it? Lovely escapism I guess! Thanks for bringing the sunshine in Paris to rainy Lancashire.

    Cheers chuck and all the best for the future xx

    Comment by Lancashire Lass — September 30, 2009 @ 2:42 pm

  79. aw shucks… well I just befriend you on fb… and “merde” for the baby — ahhh, you know what I mean!

    Comment by magillicuddy — September 30, 2009 @ 2:50 pm

  80. hello catherine, a great decision on you part. take care.

    Comment by girl across the ocean — September 30, 2009 @ 2:56 pm

  81. Also in the Daily (F)ail today…just goes to show how famous you are! :)
    Hope you don’t come under fire from the lady that’s mentioned…

    Comment by happyforyou — September 30, 2009 @ 2:56 pm

  82. Poor thing indeed! I believed it was horrible right wing Daily Telegraph who out you to world. Journalists should not be allowed to write about you but only you who write about your brilliance. You are amazing and must not let journalists expose your inner genus.

    Comment by Jerome Lac — September 30, 2009 @ 4:05 pm

  83. It’s disgraceful that journlists should be allowed to write about people’s lives. Al they interested in is finding stories and selling their horrible newspapers or plugging their nasty TV shows. England should adopt priacy laws like in France so that everybody is protected from having thei private lives writen about in public. There are too many people making money written about what sould go on behind closed doors!Leave the stars like you alone!

    Comment by Charlene Burridge — September 30, 2009 @ 4:16 pm

  84. Oh dear. Same journalist, same nonsense. I think Liz Jones will be coming after me in her wellies..

    Comment by petite — September 30, 2009 @ 5:37 pm

  85. I’m going to make this personal: Catherine, you and Zoe over at MBIAT were the first two blogs I ever read, and eventually became the inspiration for starting my own blog. At the end of the day however, you need to follow your own instincts, and do what is best for you, and not your readers. It is the focus of all artistic endeavors, whatever they may be. The drive has to come from inside, and not done simply to make others happy.

    I wish you all the best, and keep moving forward on your book writing career. Consider it a form of Buddhism: you’re moving up to the next level. ;-)

    Comment by Dave of the Lake — September 30, 2009 @ 5:44 pm

  86. Please just make sure to document tadpole2’s early years in some other format in order to prevent sibling jealousy in the years to come!
    Many thanks for all the posts and sharing part of your life with your readers. Bonne continuation.

    Comment by Loopy63 — September 30, 2009 @ 5:56 pm

  87. One of the original star women bloggers who shot to fame and fortune through her intimate online diary is quitting the pastime because it now leaves a “nasty taste in my mouth”

    That sentence wasn’t very well thought through, was it really?

    Comment by Maxi — September 30, 2009 @ 5:59 pm

  88. You’ll be missed, but to be honest, I’m glad for you that you’ve moved on.

    Ending up like Liz Jones is a fate that makes me shudder.

    All the best.

    Comment by miss london — September 30, 2009 @ 6:11 pm

  89. I will miss coming here to read about you, but I sensed this had been coming for a while! All the best and glad that life is looking up for you so that you don’t feel the need to blog anymore! (But please let us know whether you have another girl or a boy!)

    Comment by Ellie — September 30, 2009 @ 6:48 pm

  90. Have you seen Daily Telegraph writes the same story too then! There must be a chick lit publicist behind this story, of course?…..It has to be said that British journolists are pretty professional realy – much better than are French ones who are boring and provide no new information (all are scared of the rich and powerful, like Sarko indeed!).

    Comment by Jerome Lac — September 30, 2009 @ 7:40 pm

  91. Merci beaucoup pour partage des parties de votre vie avec nous. Your blogs were a treat in my day amidst my (frequently frustrating) attempts to learn French… will simply re-read your archives for future inspiration!
    Bon chance…

    Comment by Liannedownunder — September 30, 2009 @ 8:13 pm

  92. Hi Petite,

    You actually walked past me in the street the day before you wrote this entry, and you know what? It showed in your face that you’d had enough (of the self-analytical writing lark, I mean).

    Good luck with the book launch anyway. May your new creative writing exploits bring you much success and happiness. Plus check out my blog! :) x

    Comment by John Paul — September 30, 2009 @ 8:42 pm

  93. You will be missed! I’ve loved reading your blog – please reconsider!

    Comment by Martin — September 30, 2009 @ 8:47 pm

  94. Thank you for sharing your life here, I enjoyed it very much.

    Comment by Juli — September 30, 2009 @ 9:07 pm

  95. Last one!

    Comment by petite — September 30, 2009 @ 10:00 pm

  96. @84 :)

    Comment by happyforyou — September 30, 2009 @ 10:04 pm

  97. Well, I am a bit sad, as I really enjoyed reading you! You are a great writer and a genuine source of inspiration. I wish you luck with the baby, and hopefully a book #3?

    Comment by Bibil — September 30, 2009 @ 10:24 pm

  98. Sorry to see you go Petite – it was lovely reading you (as it were), particularly the wonderful Tadpole stories. I hope everything goes well for you and the family.

    Comment by Susie — September 30, 2009 @ 10:37 pm

  99. say it ain’t so!!

    i’ll miss your posts!!

    Comment by kara — September 30, 2009 @ 10:46 pm

  100. Thank you for years of great reading. The end of the blog was not a suprise, I will miss coming here to see a slice of your life. Best of luck with your new baby!

    Comment by Nancy — October 1, 2009 @ 12:55 am

  101. Loved your blog. But I’ll follow you on Facebook for sure.

    Let us know when you come to New York! I’m near enough in New Jersey to come to a book signing.

    Comment by linda from jersey (that's new jersey USA) — October 1, 2009 @ 2:00 am

  102. Just as I started to read your first book and your blog…but I understand your decision. I’ll follow you on FB.
    If you can, come to Lille at Le Furet, there are lots of English-spoken people who will like to meet you in person. We even had Harlan Coben twice !
    Have fun at the book signing !

    Comment by Marie — October 1, 2009 @ 9:16 am

  103. Hi Petite,

    I came across your book (Petite) when at my dad’s place in France at the beginning of September. How funny (and sad) that after only a matter of weeks of me discovering your interesting tale, you are signing off!

    I think it’s totally right for your to follow your instincts and the upside for me is that I know I will catch up with all the reading one-day. :-D

    Best wishes for you with the new baby. I am at home with five and it makes for a thoroughly rewarding juggling act. xxx

    Comment by Juno — October 1, 2009 @ 9:35 am

  104. Hi there, I have been reading your blog since moving to France in 2005. Thank you for sharing your slice of life.

    Yes, lately I have, now and then, wondered about your blog and how long it might last. I think it is a good decision for you to “move on”. Best wishes

    Comment by Tenz — October 1, 2009 @ 10:58 am

  105. @84
    I did try and comment on the Mail’s article, mainly that the commentors clearly hadn’t ever read your funny, witty blog and had no sense of humour, but guess what? MY comment wasn’t published!
    Good luck Petite, it’s good to move on.

    Comment by BigBird — October 1, 2009 @ 11:33 am

  106. Hi Petite,

    Sorry to see you go, but life moves on. Good luck with everything, especially Tadpole II.

    Will continue following you on FB.


    PS The DM article was dreadful!

    Comment by Clare — October 1, 2009 @ 12:43 pm

  107. I’m sorry only to have discovered you a few weeks before your swansong post. I happened upon your book in my local library. I always think books find me, instead of the other way around. I LOVED Petite Anglaise and plan to buy French Kissing very soon. As they say “all good things must come to an end”, so I think it’s only natural for you to move on. I wish you love and light and a speedy arrival of TPII XO

    Comment by Donna Deluso — October 1, 2009 @ 1:09 pm

  108. I just dropped in to say thanks. Not just thanks for the blog posts but thanks for the geeky tip off. I started reading your blog back in January 2007 and thanks to a small note in your footer I decided to try WordPress and fell in love with it.
    All the best

    Comment by flamedot — October 1, 2009 @ 2:10 pm

  109. Best wishes for your next chapter, literally and figuratively!

    Comment by Kat — October 1, 2009 @ 3:24 pm

  110. Here’s a press article in my own words – basically a longer version of this final post.

    Blimey. If I’d known it was going to be “news”, I might have considered retiring on publication day, a month ago…

    Comment by petite — October 1, 2009 @ 3:31 pm

  111. I only found out about you today from an AOL news article. I like your writing style. I better get myself the first book now I guess. (And add you on Twitter.)

    Good luck with moving upwards and onwards. I can identify with what you have written here.

    Comment by Stuart — October 1, 2009 @ 4:10 pm

  112. Oh, Petite. I’ve loved reading your blog. I hope you’ll still update….even if very rarely.

    Thank you.

    Comment by Lily — October 1, 2009 @ 4:34 pm

  113. Hi Petite!
    I usually don t write any notes as I often have nothing more interesting to say that other readers have already done, but for this time I just wanted to tell you thank you. I got to know you through the news with your job-related scandal, then I got to read you everyday through my RSS. Then I bought your 2 books which I loved, and as your term is just a few weeks before my wife’s, I thought about you 2 days ago when she gave birth to a small person. I just wondered if your silence meant you already had your little significant one.
    It s a new life it s a new day and I m feeling good, as sang Muse. I ll keep your blog in my RSS, just hoping ce n’est qu un au-revoir.
    And in between, just enjoy life, as I m starting to, too, after so many years! In this way I think I understand why you chose to stop blogging. Thanks Petite!

    Comment by Mr Jo — October 1, 2009 @ 4:57 pm

  114. Have no fear, you’ll never end up like Liz Jones! Above all you’re a much better writer. Congrats for bowing out with a bang – and what amazing publicity for your new book! My own pedestrian admin job won’t be the same without you, how am I going to kill time/procrastinate now..?! All the very best for your new family addition and blog-free future.

    Comment by Lady B — October 1, 2009 @ 5:02 pm

  115. Petite, your blog has helped me through a difficult time in my life similar to the situation you found yourself in years ago. I can only hope that my life will turn out as beautiful as yours. Thank you for everything. ^^ See you in the world of social networking! <3

    Comment by Alyssa — October 1, 2009 @ 5:17 pm

  116. Can’t resist poking you in the eye one more time. The blog was great. Thanks.

    Comment by Claire — October 1, 2009 @ 9:58 pm

  117. Yours wasn’t a press article, unfortunately. The Daily Telegraph only put your piece online, which is sad. Only their own nasty journalist was allowed to write about you in the paper…. It is a shame that everybody cannot read your blog, as there is so much negative criticism about you in big circulation newspapers and magazines. Your blogs are by far the best thing you do, as you can put your views across, and only yours. You should keep on with them!

    Comment by Jerome Lac — October 1, 2009 @ 11:04 pm

  118. @Jerome – as far as I know, it will be in the paper version tomorrow.

    Comment by petite — October 1, 2009 @ 11:06 pm

  119. It’s all baguettes and cheese.
    Try Los Angeles :-)

    Comment by Ashtonian — October 1, 2009 @ 11:39 pm

  120. Dear Petite
    Thankyou so, so much for being so consistent, and truthful and yourself. Thankyou too for being the inspiration for starting my own blog. I wish you enormous joy with all your new ventures, especially the babe.

    Comment by Livvy U — October 2, 2009 @ 1:34 am

  121. My Dear Petite

    Well! I’m going to miss our chats. I always forget you are talking to hundreds of other people and not just moi. Enjoy your life, but don’t forget you are obliged to send us an update of the new arrival. You can’t just start something and not finish it….so the birth of Tadpole2 can be THE END.

    Comment by Roberta — October 2, 2009 @ 9:42 am

  122. I was sorry to hear of the closing of your successful blog. Where to draw the line between the public and private facets of your life in confessional style blogs has long been a point of concern for myself.

    I have posted two blogs recently on the subject, the last of which was about (the closing of) your blog. I would be delighted to know what you think: (on blogging and privacy)
    and (about the end of the Petite Anglaise blog)

    Comment by Chie — October 2, 2009 @ 5:30 pm

  123. Thanks Cat, see you in Paris maybe… ciao

    Comment by Eric Dolce — October 3, 2009 @ 6:07 am

  124. Petite,

    Great compliment from Roberta and I share the feeling of “just moi”. I also agree with Dave of the Lake about the upper level and this we will be following through your books.

    “But this I know; the writer who possesses the creative gift owns something of which he is not always master—something that at times strangely wills and works for itself…. If the result be attractive, the World will praise you, who little deserve praise; if it be repulsive, the same World will blame you, who almost as little deserve blame.”
    Charlotte Bronte

    Comment by hilde — October 3, 2009 @ 7:13 am

  125. salut Petite, I just wanted to comment perhaps for the last time. Thankyou for the wonderful writing and inspiration. I will definitely be reading anything you write in the future and following you via facebook. I also had one small wish; I know its not really the nature of a blog, but I would love a beautiful book version of your blog, printed as it is on here, in order. I don’t know what made me think of this but I just know that I would like it. Don’t worry, I know its not likely but thought it was worth a mention anyway :)

    Anyway, thankyou again and bonne chance with everything!

    Comment by Mikki — October 3, 2009 @ 5:50 pm

  126. Petite,

    Nothing original to add but that I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog for years now. I remember finding it while planning a trip to Paris. Not having explored blogs beforehand I was blown away by the honesty once I figured out you were talking about your life in real time.

    I’m sending you warm wishes for a happily ever after with your family and your career. I will miss your clever posts and insights, but I do understand.

    Comment by Danna — October 3, 2009 @ 10:36 pm

  127. La Petite author is great :-)))))))

    But I think you should keep us peons/////// I means readers a little more blogiing .

    Why not it could be you next novel or or or or GOD forbid a book.

    Do Not leave that easy we love you .

    But maybe you just getting whoremonal in these last months . Stick around take what you have and grab more ….

    I have no idea what I’m saying …

    I think ;-)))))))))))))))))))

    Comment by ==Alaska — October 4, 2009 @ 1:36 am

  128. Hello Petite

    As tends to be the case in my life, I discover interesting things just before they disappear. Still, I am glad to read that you will leave the archives… I am enjoying them after devouring your first book.

    I have just purchased your new novel (although it has a large ‘to be read’ pile to contend with…) and will certainly keep an eye on any future publishing exploits from you.

    Thanks for sharing and all the best for the future


    Comment by VF — October 4, 2009 @ 5:37 pm

  129. Au revoir, Petite! I have very much enjoyed your blog– you were the one who got me into reading– and now writing– blogs in the first place. I will miss you and wish you all the best. I’ll keep my eye open for more of your writing and will be forever jealous of your fluency in French!

    Comment by Erin — October 5, 2009 @ 10:47 pm

  130. Congrats and au revoir. French Kissing is a catchy title…. perhaps because when it’s good, it’s really good and rendez-vous? Well, rendez-vous is just a rendez-vous and doesn’t necessarily end in exquisite French Kissing, n’est pas?

    Comment by Caro — October 6, 2009 @ 5:28 am

  131. Like a wonderful book, we’ve reached the last page, seen the finale – unexpected, naturally – and are left wondering about what happens to the characters now.

    Well, life for all of us goes on. The characters too. Rather like wondering what happens in the fridge when the door closes and the light goes out (it does go out, doesn’t it?), we’ll all be thinking about Mr Frog, T1, T2, and all the other characters who struggled, fought, or lightly sprang off the electronic pages on our computers.

    Good luck to all of you; we all hope to see you back in one way or another in the future – if nothing else then to post the news of publicatio of a new book.

    Comment by Michael — October 6, 2009 @ 12:54 pm

  132. hi Petite
    sitting at my desk during the early days of the credit crunch, when the office was very quiet, not a single acquisition was being carried out, and basically everyone at the bank was mucking around, i stumbled upon your blog, had a blast reading it, bought the book, read it over a weekend, then gave it to my mom, even though it might be a little racy for her ;-) in any case, was fun to read and well written… so thanks to the credit crunch, one french investment banker in london found your blog and book the book ;-)

    Comment by Jerome — October 6, 2009 @ 2:03 pm

  133. Goodbye and good luck Petite! I was one of your original readers (lurker, actually) from almost the beginning and I loved the little ‘club’ atmosphere the commenters had going then before you went mega! I met you in York at the book signing. I’m glad you took the decision to go – it was so right for you now. I sensed your ‘fed upness’ and stopped reading some time ago. Thanks for all your posts – they kept me going during some hard times of my own.
    PS. Where’s Trevor when we need him?

    Comment by anna — October 7, 2009 @ 9:01 pm

  134. I will think I will always be grateful that the time I came to blogging and for the people who explored that medium then.

    When blogging was a little known activity there were those people who took time to write, who explored and understood the words they used and who wanted to communicate.

    Sadly, blogging today is a dying art and more people want to share less in fewer words through Twitter.

    Thanks for the things you shared – the everyday and the brave – and for standing bravely head and shoulders above the rest for those of us who came here to read, to laugh and perhaps to cry.

    My every best wish for you all and for the future ahead.

    Comment by Mark — October 7, 2009 @ 10:19 pm

  135. Was fun seeing you “in the flesh” last night at the American Library, a fitting end to this blogging relationship between reader and writer.
    Good luck with Tadpole n.2 and your literary projects!

    Comment by Res — October 8, 2009 @ 1:39 pm

  136. Ah, well. Thanks for the fun, and good luck!

    Comment by Juti — October 10, 2009 @ 5:37 am

  137. Farewell Petite.

    I realize that it has been about 4 years that I have been reading your blog. It was the first blog that ever caught my eye and you had me hooked. The end of the blog, for me, was at your book signing at the rue de Rivoli’s WH Smith. You lost interest, perhaps understandably, holding the beginning of a new career in your hands. I wish you the best of luck and happiness in your (still fresh) marriage, with tadpole and your soon-to-be new little one. But please do keep writing, even if it is not here…

    Comment by Jost — October 10, 2009 @ 2:48 pm

  138. Good Bye Petite,

    Discovered your blog after reading the book, and it was a nice diversion whenever I needed a break from reading “serious literature” for school. You do have a great natural style, peppered with humor and I ended up going through all your posts in a couple of weeks (I was rationing it out). Sad to see you go, but it is completely understandable. Good luck with everything!

    P.S. Let’s be friends on Facebook!

    Comment by Lilly — October 12, 2009 @ 7:03 am

  139. Au revoir, Petite Anglaise!
    You are the only blogger I have consistently followed. I have yet to find anyone who writes as engagingly on the web, on a regular basis (ok, Dick Cavett, but he’s old and not regular! )
    I wish you all the best of life and happiness and love!
    sincerely from Canada,

    Comment by eric — October 13, 2009 @ 3:53 am

  140. Hi Petite,

    I’ve been (silently) following yr blog from the start. Just finished reading yr 1st book cos they finally re-stocked it!! I’ve been asking them since last year but it was sold-out until I finally saw it last month- last copy on the stand! I’m happy I finally got my hands on one. Sad as I am of your decision, I guess we can come back here and re-read you anytime. I hope this blog will stay open like a museum :-) with new updates now and again.

    Best wishes to you and the family!!
    Your reader from Malaysia -GJ

    P/S Will be on the search for your new book!

    Comment by Georgina — October 14, 2009 @ 6:25 am

  141. Baby will probably stir when the moon changes. Incredible but often true, happened in both my pregnancies and also to alot of people I know…
    So in the meantime, get as much sleep as you can!
    Very warm wishes for a speedy, uncomplicated delivery and every happiness with your new baby!

    Comment by happyforyou — October 16, 2009 @ 12:01 am

  142. dear Petite, I have greatly enjoyed following your blog – good luck with the next chapter in your life.

    Comment by Michelle — October 17, 2009 @ 8:00 pm

  143. Bon Chance Petite, and I agree with your daughter about crottes de nez lol! (Im in my 40s)

    A xx

    Comment by Anonymouse — October 22, 2009 @ 1:27 pm

  144. hello,

    it’s my first message. i am french and did i understand ? are you really stopping to write in your blog? I read your first book Petite Anglaise, I loved it (how you tell the truth) even if i wanted a better end(i wanted you to go back to Tapod Father) but it’s life and all ends are not always good. Anyway, after the book i wanted to have a look on your blog but… you are going to stop. Hope you are not going to stop to be a writer…

    Comment by Chera — October 23, 2009 @ 11:25 am

  145. I blame myself as it seems recently after a false start with a Mac then the not so smoothly installed PC that you and another blogger I followed silently, Dawn Eden, have left the playing field. Can I make it up somehow…pretty please?

    Comment by Pat Patterson — October 30, 2009 @ 5:19 pm

  146. Good luck on all your new ventures! And thanks for being an inspiration to all bloggers out there, especially those of us who have adopted Paris as our home.

    Comment by saralinda — November 1, 2009 @ 11:32 am

  147. Hi,
    Came by to say hello and wish you a good Halloween weekend.

    Comment by Herrad — November 1, 2009 @ 3:53 pm

  148. Hi Petite!

    Just wanting to say thank you for sharing your life with us.

    Reading your blog helped me realize how much power our words and thoughts really do wield and that we can use that power for change.

    You are a beautiful writer I loved your first book and I have just ordered your second book from amazon and am looking forward to it!!

    Comment by lily — November 7, 2009 @ 7:27 am

  149. Since the first time I read your blog it is the closing post, I will file you under “magazines” instead of blogs, and enjoy reading just the same.

    Comment by Mark — November 7, 2009 @ 9:24 am

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    Comment by osbertwort — November 8, 2009 @ 4:36 am

  151. It happens time to time. It’s great to know that you have such dedicated readers! :)

    Comment by Susan — November 10, 2009 @ 8:17 am

  152. Well, I started reading you long before the first book, I think I found the site from the Koufax awards, but don’t know for sure. I’ve had things in my life that have run their course, so I know how you feel. Thanks for the journey.


    Comment by Steve — November 17, 2009 @ 11:22 pm

  153. As usual I admire your honesty and think its a completely understandable conclusion. Good Luck with all future novels. I look forward to reading them! x

    Comment by La Chat Noir — November 18, 2009 @ 6:16 am

  154. ah Petite Anglais, I just put down your memoire and felt compelled to check out your now famous / infamous blog. I just returned from my first trip to Paris. It exceeded all of my expectations and more … I just wanted to thank you for your generous sincerity, authenticity and courageous. To hang our stuff out there for all to scrutinise takes guts, which you appear to have plenty of. Your memoire made me realise how “real” and varied our troubles are and that my life – however chaotic it is at the moment is “doable”.

    I will say though I am feeling a little ripped off at not being able to get acquainted with the “where to now” part of your life, but your exit has been just as candid and gracious. I wish you and your little family success, love and a little beige. Red is fabulous, but don’t ever underestimate the beige that we all need from time to time. Look forward to reading your new book and those to come.

    Kind regards, Adriana (from Brisbane, Australia)

    Comment by Adriana Mesa — December 5, 2009 @ 5:29 am

  155. Hi Petite,

    I have just finished reading Petite Anglaise and loved it- the first book I haven’t been able to put down in a year. I have been having a difficult time recently but your book encouraged me to start writing again- I doubt anyone will ever see it but it’s definitely helping and I’d forgotten how much I miss it! So thank you, and congratulations on the beautiful new arrival!

    lucy x

    Comment by londongirl — December 13, 2009 @ 12:14 am

  156. Only about a week ago I stumbled on your lovely weblog thanks to a link on ‘Hollandais en France’:

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading through your Paris years and learned quite a few new expressions.

    Thank you very much for all your efforts and intelligent observations, often amusing worded.

    I look forward to reading ‘French Kissing’.

    Comment by Henri Bik — December 25, 2009 @ 5:19 pm

  157. Now we know what Mr. Frog felt like…thanks for letting us down gently.

    Comment by Adam Wardel — March 4, 2010 @ 2:20 am

  158. bonjour Petite
    I have to thank you for the inspiration to set up my own blog. Your book was beautiful, so honest and so entertaining. Bon chance with all future projects.

    Comment by Gai — June 15, 2010 @ 9:22 am

  159. As they say good things have an ending, but lets also turn a new leaf for future prospects. Cheers always, you’ll be missed.

    The Scribe

    Comment by jam — September 15, 2010 @ 12:36 pm

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