Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

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Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, Feb 1, 2010 - Country life - 368 pages
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Major Ernest Pettigrew (Ret'd) is not interested in the frivolity of the modern world. Since his wife's death, he has tried to avoid the constant bother of the village women, his ambitious son and the suburbanisation of the English countryside. He prefers to lead a quiet life, upholding the values that people have lived by for generations - respectability, duty and a properly brewed cup of tea (very much not served in a polystyrene cup with teabag left in). But when his brother's death, and a love of Kipling, sparks an unexpected friendship with the widowed village shopkeeper, Mrs Ali, the Major is forced to confront the realities of the twenty first century. Written with a delightfully dry sense of humour, Major Pettigrew's Last Standis a charming, against-all-odds love story that introduces unforgettable characters and questions how much risk one should take for personal happiness in the face of family obligation and tradition.

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User Review  - Clif Hostetler - Goodreads

This is the best novel I've read this year and may be destined to make my top ten list. The well designed plot is pulled together with carefully crafted writing. I'm embarrassed to be so enthusiastic ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lilian - Goodreads

For several days, I was completely absorbed in this novel. It's one of my favourite kinds of stories: a love story between older people. And it's nearly perfect. Major Pettigrew, the widowed ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Helen Simonson was born in England, lived many years in Brooklyn, N.Y. and currently resides in the Washington, D.C. area. Simonson's literary inspirations include Virginia Woolf and Henry James. Her novel, Major Pettigrews Last Stand, is New York Times Bestseller.

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