Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

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Persephone Books Limited, Mar 1, 2008 - Fiction - 233 pages
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A major film to be released in 2008 and starring Frances McDormand and Amy Adams, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is a delightful, funny, lighthearted novel. First published in 1938, it was reissued in the United Kingdom in 2000, complete with thirty-five original illustrations, and has sold over 22,000 copies.Miss Pettigrew, an approaching-middle-age governess, was accustomed to a household of unruly English children. When her employment agency sends her to the wrong address, her life takes an unexpected turn. The alluring nightclub singer, Delysia LaFosse, becomes her new employer, and Miss Pettigrew encounters a kind of glamour that she had only met before at the movies. Over the course of a single day, both women are changed forever.

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User Review  - Paula - Goodreads

A recent Reading Group pick, I read this book expecting to thoroughly enjoy it as a light, humorous read. Unfortunately, there were elements so disturbing to me that I couldn't enjoy it at all. I am ... Read full review

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User Review  - Laura - Goodreads

I just watched to the movie which was based on this book: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008) According to Jeannette, I must read its printed version, thanks for the recommendation Jeannette. Read full review


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Winifred Watson (1907-2002) 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, but after the birth of her son in 1941 she stopped writing and lived quietly in Newcastle for the rest of her life.

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