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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Audiobook

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

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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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    Amazon Customer Los Altos, CA, United States 07-07-11
    Amazon Customer Los Altos, CA, United States 07-07-11 Member Since 2012
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    "The movie was fun but this is better."

    This story isn't too long but it is fun. The characterizations are great and the narration by Frances McDormand is wonderful!

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    Nanonymous 06-09-11
    Nanonymous 06-09-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Delightful!"

    I never purchase audiobooks this short, but this was an absolutely charming story and well worth it. Love it!

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    Sheila Rooks 03-28-11

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    "Completely charming"

    This was an amusing listen while destressing. It reminds me a bit of Wodehouse.

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    Mary The Dalles, OR, United States 02-17-11
    Mary The Dalles, OR, United States 02-17-11 Member Since 2015
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    "A Light and Gentle Read"

    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.

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    Peonyrose 01-12-11
    Peonyrose 01-12-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "Miss Pettigrew lives for a day"

    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.

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    Rosalind Berkeley, CA, United States 01-11-11
    Rosalind Berkeley, CA, United States 01-11-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Delightful"

    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.

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    William EDENTON, NC, United States 12-03-10
    William EDENTON, NC, United States 12-03-10 Member Since 2017
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    "Unexpected"

    A good listen if you're in the mood for something light you can just enjoy without deep thought.

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    Susan Balch Springs, TX, United States 11-22-10
    Susan Balch Springs, TX, United States 11-22-10 Member Since 2011
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    "a bit of fun history story"

    so fun you go girl miss pettigrew i had fun listening to this one i may even read it

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    Jacki hemet, CA, United States 09-07-10
    Jacki hemet, CA, United States 09-07-10
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    "I cannot praise this book enough."

    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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    Sarabaite 08-14-10
    Sarabaite 08-14-10 Member Since 2017
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    "Fun, breezy"

    As endearing as any comedy-romance I've seen, with the benefits of being well-told and well-read.

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