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)
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!
This is easily the worst book I have ever gotten from Audible. Tried four or five times to listen to it........finally got almost halfway through during a time when I had absolutely nothing else to listen to. Even then halfway was the most I could do before I deleted it. Silly, silly, silly!!! Can't believe that I am the only one who felt that way.
This book got off to such a slow start that I almost abandonded it. Finally, about 35 minutes into it, the characters began to be a little more interesting, and the circular conversations began to make some sense. The author is apparently trying so hard to be mysterious and cute that she makes the characters boringly repetative and the story boringly obscure, but it does get better, and the characters more real, if you stick with it. I actually enjoyed the last 45 min of it.
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