Petite Anglaise – Catherine Sanderson

Catherine Sanderson was made famous when her boss discovered her blog, didn’t like what he read, and fired her. She sued for wrongful dismissal, and won. Naturally, this story was picked up by the media and now the blog has been incorporated into a book – Petite Anglaise.

The name comes from the pseudonym that Catherine used whilst blogging about her life. She’s a likeable character, who talks about her daughter, nicknamed Tadpole,  her French partner, Mr Frog, and amusing anecdotes from her every day life. The blog quickly gained followers and frequent commenters who loved her honesty and writing style. Catherine grew more confident as she continued blogging and enjoyed the attention it brought her. However, things changed quite drastically when “Petite Anglaise” decided the time was right to start meeting other bloggers for real. “Commenters” became “friends” and soon, Petite Anglaise was encroaching on her real-life and jeopardising her relationship with Mr Frog. To find out what happened, you’ll just have to read it, won’t you?

This is a fantastic book. I think I probably found it more interesting because it’s based on real events, and therefore I was desperate to see the outcome, which came as a surprise. Catherine’s style flows well, is easy to read and portrays her as a nice normal person simply living her life, with interesting things that happen to her. I certainly couldn’t put it down and found myself thinking about it when I wasn’t reading it – a rarity for me. I’ll definitely be reading the novel she’s just released, so watch this space for a review.

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