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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day | [Winifred Watson]

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Miss Pettigrew is a down-on-her-luck, middle-aged governess sent by her employment agency to work for a nightclub singer rather than a household of unruly children. Over a period of 24 hours, as she becomes caught up in the life of Delysia LaFloss, her own life is changed - forever. This charming, funny, light-hearted 1938 novel was a bestseller on its first appearance. Read by Academy Award winning actress Frances McDormand, who stars in the 2008 film as Miss Pettigrew.
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Publisher's Summary

Miss Pettigrew is a down-on-her-luck, middle-aged governess sent by her employment agency to work for a nightclub singer rather than a household of unruly children. Over a period of 24 hours, as she becomes caught up in the life of Delysia LaFloss, her own life is changed - forever.

This charming, funny, light-hearted 1938 novel was a bestseller on its first appearance. Read by Academy Award winning actress Frances McDormand, who stars in the 2008 film as Miss Pettigrew.

Winifred Watson grew up in Newcastle and was a secretary until, in 1935, she married Leslie Pickering, the manager of a timber firm. She wrote six novels in all and died in 2002.

©2000 The Estate of Winifred Watson; (P)2008 Persephone Books

What the Critics Say

"Miss Pettigree is irresistible, a perfect mix of wistfulness and joy, substance and froth." (Tracy Chevalier)
"Pure Cinderella fantasy farce with beaus, bounders, negligees and nightclubs - Miss Pettigrew's blossoming is a delight to observe." (The Guardian)

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    Midwest Lady Indiana 04-20-12
    Midwest Lady Indiana 04-20-12 Member Since 2010

    Reader. Painter. Newspaper columnist. Nurse. Humane Society. Lake life. Walker. Happily remarried - was a widow.

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    "Entertaining"
    What made the experience of listening to Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day the most enjoyable?

    Good story. Fast paced. English comedy style. Interesting view of the times.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jenn Smithville, GA, United States 03-15-11
    Jenn Smithville, GA, United States 03-15-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Twaddle"

    The is one of the lamest books I've ever tried to listen to. The characters are just stupid. I couldn't finish this book because I really wanted to slap them all. How in the world did it get such high ratings?

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    beatrice El Cerrito, CA, United States 11-05-10
    beatrice El Cerrito, CA, United States 11-05-10 Member Since 2009
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    "excruciating"

    This is the type of book my friend Ilene and I wished we were writing in middle school (without the racial purity bits, of course), when we filled the pages of composition notebooks with our sitcom fantasies. It is, in a word, sophomoric. It was while listening to this book that I came to appreciate the futility of adjectives. Two stars for Frances McDormand's lively performance.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Knitting Nerd Melbourne, Australia 10-22-10
    Knitting Nerd Melbourne, Australia 10-22-10 Member Since 2007
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    "If this is living..."

    A middle aged spinster hangs out for the day with the 1938 equivalent of Paris Hilton and a Hollywood stylist, discovers that superficial people really know what life is all about, undergoes a miraculous personality transformation and finds true love. Utterly ridiculous.

    Other notable features are a casual anti-Semitism that is somewhat chilling given what would have been going on on the continent and what was around the corner, and Frances McDormand's miserable failure to do English accents.

    Not recommended.

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    Millie Rigby, ID, United States 08-07-10
    Millie Rigby, ID, United States 08-07-10
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    "so-so"

    The reader did a great job, but to me the story was just so-so. I know they made a movie from this book. Maybe having seen the movie would have made it more interesting.

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    Jacqueline Manhattan, KS, United States 06-27-10
    Jacqueline Manhattan, KS, United States 06-27-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Eh..."

    I found this book to be incredibly boring and the characters not at ALL relatable. Miss Pettigrew has luck on her side, but no actual brain cells to speak of, which makes for a frustrating read/listen. The narrator, however, is great and keeps you feeling like you are listening to something much more enjoyable than you actually are.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    melissa United States 07-18-10
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    "boring"

    Lost me in the first half-hour. looking for something else.

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    Amy Pittsburgh, PA, United States 09-17-10
    Amy Pittsburgh, PA, United States 09-17-10 Member Since 2007
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    "A children's book"

    Why was it not made clear that this is a book for children? Couldn't there be a different section for children's books?

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
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