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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Persephone Classics) (original 1938; edition 2008)

by Winifred Watson

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Title:Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Persephone Classics)
Authors:Winifred Watson
Info:Persephone Books (2008), Edition: Revised, Paperback, 256 pages
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Rating:*****
Tags:Read 2011, Humour, Aging, 1930s, England: London

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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson (Author) (1938)

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I story written in the 1930's or so that is a loose adaptation of the Cinderella fairy tale. It was a cute story overall but sometimes difficult to follow the language and dialogue. Enjoyed the movie though. ( )
  micahmom2002 | Jan 25, 2016 |
I story written in the 1930's or so that is a loose adaptation of the Cinderella fairy tale. It was a cute story overall but sometimes difficult to follow the language and dialogue. Enjoyed the movie though. ( )
  micahmom2002 | Jan 25, 2016 |
This was a delightfully old-fashioned and charming story. I loved Miss Winifred Watson's witty conversations. If you love fun, timeless Cinderella stories, you should read this book. ( )
  eadieburke | Jan 19, 2016 |
Honestly, what a lovely story... It was originally written in 1938, as a "Cinderella" story. It was nicely written and a very quick & enjoyable read... I finished in a few hours time, because I only put it down once.

Miss Pettigrew is a "Lady" of no means. She is middle age (40), has been asked to leave her flat for lack of payment, and is at the agency for what very well could be her last assignment.

The agency offers her a choice of positions: one as a lady's maid, the other as a governess.... Although Miss Pettigrew chooses the position as the governess, she is mistakenly sent to the home of a cabaret singer/actress's home.

Miraculously, Miss Pettigrew finds the gumption she has always lacked and saves her would be employer from some sticky situations. As the course of the day progresses (the book is written in 2-3 hour time frames), Miss Pettigrew also helps several of the actress's friends and is taken along with them to the club where the actress works & then to a party.....

It was very interesting to note the changes that occur in Miss Pettigrew as well some of the other characters.... Throughout it all it is noted that Miss Pettigrew is a "Lady" and how the others respect that aspect of her being. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
So Cute! I loved this book! ( )
  TerriS | Jan 17, 2016 |
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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.
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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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