miss pettigrew lives for a day

Title :: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
Author :: Winifred Watson
Completed :: Apr 05 2008
Challenges :: 1001 Books
Rating :: 5/5

Ok I waited and I waited and I finally got my hands on the only copy available in all of Liverpool! Definitely worth the wait. When I'm down in London I am visiting the Persephone store and I am walking away with my very own copy of Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. Now my only beef is why oh why are they not showing the movie here in the UK? It seems it's being released in Australia next month and Finland gets it in June but no sign of a UK release date. Poo! Guess I'll have to catch it on DVD when I get home and until then I can just read it again!

Miss Pettigrew is a veritable Cinderella with drab clothing, mousy brown hair and not a speck of make-up. The world has been cruel to her and she is alone and unloved. The day she knocked on Delysia Lafosse's door was the day Miss Pettigrew would finally open up to the world and become a beautiful sharp-witted blossom. Expecting to be interviewed as a nanny, Miss Pettigrew's quick thinking soon gets her the unofficial job of Miss Lafosse's social secretary. Within the next few hours Miss Pettigrew has rid Delysia of two pesky lovers, cooked breakfast, drank a few sherries and comforts the salon empress Mrs Dubarry. Miss Lafosse and Mrs Dubarry are over the moon and think Miss Pettigrew has to be the most brilliant woman ever and they are utterly convinced that Miss Pettigrew will be able to bring Mrs Dubarry's quarrelling lover back to his senses. But first, a makeover is a must and new clothes borrowed from Miss Lafosse. Shining and dazzling Miss Pettigrew sweeps through the evening charming everyone she meets, gets a bit tipsy, is a little mischievous and perhaps finds romance.

Absolutely brilliant and a shame that Watson's editor first turned the manuscript down since it was too frothy (I love this word, ever since Danielle used I keep seeing it everywhere) and not nearly as serious as her other books. Thank you Persephone for republishing it and allowing Miss Pettigrew to live one more day!

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posted by Ashleigh @ 13:54,


At 16 April 2008 at 15:49, Blogger Danielle said...

So glad you liked it. Frothy just seems the word for it, doesn't it? But frothy in a good way! I've already added the movie to my Netflix queue, though it's not actually availabe--I should say I've 'saved' it. I doubt it will come to Omaha, but I am surprised sometimes...

At 19 May 2008 at 17:40, Blogger Katherine said...

I'm in the process of reading this book now--I've bookmarked your review so I can link back to it later.


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