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
"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)
This story isn't too long but it is fun. The characterizations are great and the narration by Frances McDormand is wonderful!
Ever since Fargo, I have been a fan of Frances McDormand. She does an excellent job of portraying dear Miss Pettigrew. If you are interested in listening to a story that is an interesting combination of sweetness, poignancy and gentle humor, you will enjoy this book.
At first I didn't think I would like this novel. But no - its was great and I really enjoyed it so much I listened twice. Great plot - very believable and feel good story line.
Just like Miss Pettigrew, while you are listening, you get to live in a different, more exhilarating existence for a few hours. The story moves along at a lively clip. The characters are deeper, kinder, and more interesting than in the movie. Frances McDormand makes listening a pleasure. If you are looking for serious literature or a romance novel, this isn't it. If you are looking for a fun, fairly short listen that will transport you, make you laugh, and maybe even make you cry a little (in a good way), this is it.
so fun you go girl miss pettigrew i had fun listening to this one i may even read it
What a waste that Ms Watson did not publish more books, this book has entered a favorite all time spot on my books list. I was sorry when it ended, and instantly googled to see if Miss Pettigrew reappeared in another book -- unfortunately not. But I'm glad I didn't miss this book! Thanks to Frances McDorman for bringing Miss Petrigrew to life, I felt I shared the day with both of you!
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