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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (1938)

by Winifred Watson

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This little gem of a book was a fun read. Watson is a master of witty banter in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (the only one I've read by this author). The bantering back and forth between the characters, and especially Miss Pettigrew, keeps this ultimately feel-good fable from becoming too saccharine.

I loved that this Persephone edition retained the whimsical original illustrations done by Mary Thomson. Why are not more adult books illustrated these days?!

LibraryThing tells me that I've owned this book for ten years -- that's a long time to stay in the TBR. Finally read this because it is on the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list. ( )
  ValerieAndBooks | Feb 24, 2019 |
I enjoyed this little book; charming and humorous. ( )
  tkcs | Feb 23, 2019 |
Adorably light and sweet - a bit of fairy tale, a bit of romance, all wrapped in a glittering world gone by. ( )
1 vote simplyjennifer | Dec 9, 2018 |
Wonderful fun loving page turner ( )
  janettewilson | Aug 22, 2018 |
One day in the life of Miss Pettigrew - charming (except for the casual racism) story of a down on her luck older unmarried (horrors!) woman in London, between World War I and II. By mistake, she is directed to the lovely Delysia's flat, and is drawn helplessly into an exciting whirlwind of a day. The illustrations were adorable, the story farcical, and my rating would have been higher if it weren't for the smack-in-the-face remarks regarding ethnicity. ( )
  Critterbee | Apr 16, 2018 |
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Winifred Watsonprimary authorall editionscalculated
McDormand, FrancesNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Murillo Fort, IsabelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thomson, MaryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Twycross-Martin, HenriettaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Miss Pettigrew pushed open the door of the employment agency and went in as the clock struck a quarter past nine.
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In a dull, miserable existence her one wild extravagance was her weekly orgy at the cinema, where for over two hours she lived in an enchanted world peopled by beautiful women, handsome heroes, fascinating villains, charming employers, and there were no bullying parents, no appalling offspring to tease, torment, terrify, harry her every waking hour.
What dangerous den of vice had she discovered? She must fly before she lost her virtue. Then her common sense unhappily reminded her that no one, now, would care to deprive her of that possession.
A knock on Miss LaFosse's door heralded adventure. It was not like an ordinary house, where the knocker would be the butcher, or baker or candlestick-maker. A knock on Miss LaFosse's door would mean excitement, drama, a new crisis to be dealt with. Oh, if only for once the Lord would be good and cause some miracle to happen to keep her here, to see for one day how life could be lived, so that for all the rest of her dull, uneventful days, when things grew bad, she could look back in her mind and dwell on the time when for one perfect day, she, Miss Pettigrew, lived.
All these years and she had never had the wicked thrill of powdering her nose. Others had experienced that joy. Never she. And all because she lacked courage. All because she had never thought for herself. Powder, thundered her father the curate, the road to damnation
She was not fifty yet, but some day she would be, with no home, no friends, no husband, no children. She had lived a life of spartan chastity and honour. She would still have no home or memories. Miss LaFosse would reach fifty some day. Suppose she reached it equally without home and friends. What then? How full would her memories be?
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 190646202X, Paperback)

Miss Pettigrew is about a governess sent by an employment agency to the wrong address, where she encounters a glamorous night-club singer, Miss LaFosse. 'The sheer fun, the light-heartedness' in this wonderful 1938 book 'feels closer to a Fred Astaire film than anything else' comments the Preface-writer Henrietta Twycross-Martin, who found Miss Pettigrew for Persephone Books. The Guardian asked: 'Why has it taken more than half a century for this wonderful flight of humour to be rediscovered?' while the Daily Mail liked the book's message - 'that everyone, no matter how poor or prim or neglected, has a second chance to blossom in the world.' Maureen Lipman wrote in 'Books of the Year' in the Guardian: 'Perhaps the most pleasure has come from Persephone's enchanting reprints, particularly Miss Pettigrew, a fairy story set in 1930s London'

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Miss Pettigrew, a governess looking for work, is sent by mistake to the home of Delysia LaFosse, a glamorous nightclub singer involved with three different men and is invited to stay after offering Miss LaFosse common sense advice about her love life.… (more)

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