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Miss Pettigrew Lives for A Day

Watson, Winifred (Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Miss Pettigrew Lives for A Day
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A governess is sent by an employment afency to the wrong address, where she encounters a glamourous night-club singer, Miss LaFosse.
Authors: Watson, Winifred, 1906-2002
Title: Miss Pettigrew lives for a day
Publisher: London : Persephone, 2008
Characteristics: xii, 233 p. :,ill. ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Winifred Watson ; with a new preface by Henrietta Twycross-Martin
Notes: Originally published: London: Methuen, 1938
ISBN: 190646202X
Branch Call Number: FICTION WATSON
Subject Headings: Singers Fiction Middle-aged women Fiction Governesses Fiction
Topical Term: Singers
Middle-aged women
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A charming Cinderella story that takes place in a day. Oh how much can change in that short time!

This is a charming, illustrated, Cinderella-like story for grown ups. It is quick and light and fun.

"The sweetest grown-up book in the world."

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Jul 04, 2014
  • dschu930 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I tracked down this book because I thoroughly enjoyed the Frances McDormand film. The book is even more delightful. It is lovely fluff with no higher meaning; just a pleasant visit with very nice people. Miss Pettigrew deserved her happy ending.

Oct 28, 2011
  • ownedbydoxies rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A fun, old-fashioned read. One of those books you can enjoy without having to think too hard! The illustrations are charming as well.

Sep 24, 2011
  • rpawlick rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is a cute, light read. All anyone needs is an outsider to enlighten them and show them the way while helping themselves along too. We can learn something from others.

Sep 18, 2011
  • ShEeP_oF_dOoM rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Mostly, "day" novels are depressing ie. Mrs Dalloway. After watching the hours, a friend reccomended this book. I must admit, it was just as rewarding as Reading Mrs Dalloway, but it was funnier.

Jul 24, 2011
  • Cecilturtle rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

What an absolutely delightful read! It's marvelously refreshing to have a proper lady do properly unladylike actions and still remain proper! Despite risqué scenes, shocking behaviours and an imbroglio of relationships, this book remains sweet, moving and inspiring. We can all hope to be as straightforward and modest as Miss Pettigrew, to seize the day with her composure and truthfulness and to be rewarded for fairness of mind with a touch of apropos and humour. The book maintains its freshness and lightness throughout and, despite the happy ending, only hints at the fairy tale that may lie ahead - no false promises or hasty conclusions there! The illustrations are a lovely touch - why shouldn't adults enjoy a picture book? Enchanting and heartwarming.

Dec 11, 2009
  • maven rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Ok for a quick, fluffy, little read.


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Jul 24, 2011
  • Cecilturtle rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Cecilturtle thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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