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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (original 1938; edition 2000)

by Winifred Watson

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Title:Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
Authors:Winifred Watson
Info:Persephone Books Ltd (2000), Edition: Facsimile of 1938 ed, Paperback, 256 pages
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I spent an utterly delightful afternoon reading this sweet and generous book. ( )
  KAzevedo | Apr 24, 2015 |
What a lovely book. I would say that this is chick lit avant la lettre :-)

Usually I dislike books like this, all female chatter, nothing much to it. As a matter of fact I do not get why it is on that list, apart from being a very early chick lit or for giving a very good description of the life of women in these times, although the book only covers nearly 24 hours out of the life of its characters.
I like miss Pettigrew a lot, better than the other two female characters. But, if it weren't for them, miss Pettigrew wouldn't be 'living' even it is just for one day.

Till the end of chapter 14 I had no idea where things were going. Seeing the part if the book that's still to-be-read get thinner and thinner, I was truly wondering, whether miss Pettigrew would ever ask the question she went to miss LaFosse's place for early that day.

This lighthearted book has really brightened my day :-) ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Mar 30, 2015 |
If P.G. Wodehouse decided to take a shot at writing a fairytale, I think this book is what would've resulted. It's light-hearted and full of quirky characters that keep things moving at a whirlwind pace. I borrowed this from the library but I have plans to buy a copy for myself. ( )
  Book_Minx | Jan 24, 2015 |
REVIEW: This an enchanting tale that takes place over 24 hours. Miss Pettigrew is a middle aged (40) spinster who has been working as a governess and a pretty poor one. She doesn’t like the work. Sent to the wrong address, Pettigrew finds herself on an adventure with a rather amoral nightclub singer. Miss Pettigrew experiences a side of life she would have never imagined herself experiencing including drinking, make-up, dressing up in silk underwear and evening clothes and a taxi ride. This is a fairy tale with all the makings including the “they lived happily ever after”. ( )
  Kristelh | Nov 5, 2014 |
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson; (4 1/2*)

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is rather a modern Cinderella tale that is so uplifting and fun! It's a fizzy champagne cocktail for your mind and spirit. It is a totally believable tale that is so uplifting it pulled me out of the doldrums and I know that it is one I will read again. So light, so funny, so quirky, so everything good.

When Miss Pettigrew is sent mistakenly to the wrong address on a job interview she gets caught up in a life changing day. Here she meets a glamorous night club singer, Miss LaFosse. As in the description of the book: "The sheer fun, the lightheartedness in this wonderful 1938 book feels closer to a Fred Astaire film than anything else". So true.

Life has treated Miss Pettigrew badly but this book describes the day when a change has come her way. I liked that none of the characters in the book are mean or cruel towards her other than the man who wishes Miss LaFosse to be at his beck and call and Miss Pettigrew makes quick work of him. The rather clueless beautiful young people are eager to be taken in hand by someone like Miss Pettigrew even though she isn't one to force herself on one.

I love that the reader is in the head of Miss Pettigrew and as such is privy to the funny thoughts and the all too real emotions that pass through her mind. They are refreshingly human and easy to relate to. In fact this entire book is easy to relate to.

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is a delightful and charming story and I highly recommend it. ( )
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Watson, WinifredAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
McDormand, FrancesNarratorsecondary 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.
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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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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