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August 30, 2009


This is turning out to be a very exciting Sunday, with wonderful and highly entertaining emails arriving from people who have seen the piece in today's Sunday Times Home supplement, entitled 'Sex And The Village.' ( I particularly loved the email from the single thirtysomething reader in Malta who said she is thinking of getting a dog in the hope that it will jump out of the window and come back with a hunky Portuguese builder!)

comments (8)

1. Posted by Liberty London Girl on August 30, 2009 1:56 PM

How exciting sweetheart! LLGxx

2. Posted by mimi pompom on August 30, 2009 2:00 PM

Thanks LLG (and also for getting the ball rolling with my first ever review and an international one at that, on http://libertylondongirl.blogspot.com)

Mimi x

3. Posted by Patti on August 30, 2009 4:10 PM

Ah petite correction, the signed copies of Tout Sweet at Waterstone's Kensington have sold quickly, so until Karen comes back to sign more, they won't be signed unfortunately. Still possible to dispatch it anywhere in the world !

4. Posted by sherry on August 30, 2009 5:27 PM

Went into my local waterstone's branch to track down a copy of your book ( I couldn't remember your surname!).'Are you ok with the spelling?' I asked, as the assistant attempted to look up the author. This was met with a stare. After trying toot suite, toote suite,etc, I suggested the appropriate spelling. By the time the book had been located in travel writing, a lively conversation had sprung up with the lady behind me asking about the book and the lady behind her saying how she had had it recommended to her. So potentially three copies of the four in stock were then sold! Thoroughly enjoy your blog. Can't wait to read the book. Recently stayed in Charente for three weeks, just south of Angouleme. How I envy you :)

5. Posted by mimi pompom on August 30, 2009 6:21 PM

Dear Sherry,

thank you for this fabulous feedback. Love the idea of a conversation striking up in the queue (and even more that one customer had also had it it recommended to her). It's so great to hear of good word-of-mouth and three out of four sounds excellent to me. I also have a ground force of friends (many of them living here but travelling back to the UK often) who make it their mission to rescue my book from the backwater of travel and reposition it somewhere more prominent!
Glad you enjoyed your holiday. You weren't far from me, if you were near Angouleme.
With best wishes,


6. Posted by aconfusedtakethatfan on August 30, 2009 6:35 PM

I have just read the article in the Sunday Times. Myself and husband will no doubt be looking online for our £34,000 paradise in France. In the meantime, I shall have to read the book!

7. Posted by David Z on September 2, 2009 3:50 PM

Hi Mimi

I'm a bit of a nomad myself, living in Spain and Bali and staying away from Citilife.... your blog is marvelous, a breath of fresh air from the usual "moving abroad" books and you sound like you're having a blast !

David Z

8. Posted by Vanessa Vinos on September 14, 2009 11:45 AM

Dear Karen
Just finished your book and it is absolutely fab. I loved that it wasn't only sunshine and roses; you showed some of the real emotions people go through when they emigrate. I found myself getting up at 3am to continue reading. Having lived in Spain for the last 8 years, I am now desperate to go to France!

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