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  - LizHD - LibraryThing

I don't think I have ever read a love story from the point of view of a 68 year old male! Well written and charming, the novel takes a conventional plot and setting and manages to make the denouement ... Read full review

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User Review  - SandDune - LibraryThing

Major Pettigrew is a sixty-eight year old widower living in the quiet village of Edgecombe St. Mary near the south coast of England. When Mrs Ali, the widowed owner of the local corner shop, knocks on ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Helen Simonson spent her teenage years in a small village in East Sussex, near Rye. A graduate of the London School of Economics, she recently completed an MFA at Stony Brook, Southampton. Her short stories and essays have been featured in various publications and broadcast on radio. After many years living in Brooklyn, New York, Helen currently lives in the Washington D.C. area with her husband and two sons. Major Pettigrew's Last Standis her first novel.

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