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Mrs Harris Goes to Paris & Mrs Harris Goes to New York (The Adventures of Mrs Harris)
 
 

Mrs Harris Goes to Paris & Mrs Harris Goes to New York (The Adventures of Mrs Harris) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Gallico
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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'Mrs Harris is one of the great creations of fiction - so real that you feel you know her, yet truly magical as well. I can never have enough of her' Justine Picardie 'It is almost impossible not to succumb to Gallico's spell' Times Literary Supplement 'Wherever she goes Mrs. Harris seems to sprinkle fairy dust over those she meets. YET she's very realistically drawn and the book is fraught with painful setbacks ... In the end Mrs. Harris' yearning for the dress is secondary. The friendships that are made because of her quest are what change her life forever. This book was a delight from start to finish' Worthwhilebooks.blogspot 'A heartwarming, engaging novelette' Bookmark

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Mrs Harris is a salt-of-the-earth London charlady who cheerfully cleans the houses of the rich. One day, when tidying Lady Dant's wardrobe, she comes across the most beautiful thing she has ever seen in her life - a Dior dress. In all the years of her drab and humble existence, she's never seen anything as magical as the dress before her and she's never wanted anything as much before. Determined to make her dream come true, Mrs Harris scrimps, saves and slaves away until one day, after three long, uncomplaining years, she finally has enough money to go to Paris. When she arrives at the House of Dior, Mrs Harris has little idea of how her life is about to be turned upside down and how many other lives she will transform forever. Always kind, always cheery and always winsome, the indomitable Mrs Harris takes Paris by storm and learns one of life's greatest lessons along the way. This treasure from the 1950s introduces the irrepressible Mrs Harris, part charlady, part fairy-godmother, whose adventures take her from her humble London roots to the heights of glamour.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 542 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (2 Aug 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003X4L53G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,185 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming tales 15 Nov 2011
Format:Paperback
This edition combines two books, Mrs Harris Goes To Paris and Mrs Harris Goes To New York. Both are set in the late 1950's. In the first book, Mrs Harris, a London charlady in her early 60's, dreams of owning a Christian Dior dress. She scrimps and saves to be able to realise her dream and the book follows the ups and downs of her personal journey. The story is light, charming and uplifting in nature. Not only is the main goal interesting but equally the effect that the indomitable Mrs Harris has on those she meets, of whatever class or station in life. In the second book, set a few years later, Mrs Harris is invited to accompany one of her employers, an American woman, to New York while she and her husband (who has had a massive promotion) re-establish themselves in society. Mrs Harris uses the opportunity to smuggle the child who lives next door to her, abandoned by his English mother and US GI father and who is being abused by his foster family, into the US to try to find his father and re-unite him. Of course, such an act of blind faith and naivity has some unexpected consequences which make the book very entertaining. Paul Gallico was a prolific American author who lived for some years in the UK. As such he has a very good feel for both cultures and the class distinctions of the time. In Mrs Harris he has created a powerful character who demonstrates all that was seen as good and to be admired in the British working class, namely, the capacity for hard work, grit and determination, a fine sense of what is right, and an independence of spirit and charm that breaks down all class barriers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light and whimsical 18 Jan 2011
By hiljean VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This is actually two books in one: Mrs Harris Goes to Paris, and Mrs Harris Goes to New York. Mrs Harris Goes to Paris was originally published as Flowers for Mrs Harris, so be careful not to buy the same story under another title!

Mrs Harris Goes to Paris is an enjoyable light read, perfect for dull grey winter days. A London char, Mrs Harris has a knack of endearing herself to everyone she meets from the lowliest person to the highest in the land. Admittedly this is a little whimsical but if you can suspend your disbelief the story jogs along quite nicely and has a good, and quite moral, twist at the end.

Mrs Harris Goes to New York is somewhat less successful in my view. Apart from Gallico's inability to reproduce genuine cockney speech, which irritates after a while, plausibility really is stretched to the limit in this tale in which she tries to reunite a GI child with his father.

This new Bloomsbury edition of the two-books-in-one is littered with mistakes and has been poorly proof-read. A shame as the cover design is rather good.

If you are new to Gallico, I would recommend you start with his wonderful animal stories such as "Jennie" and "Thomasina".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming Little Gems 13 Sep 2011
By bookworm VINE VOICE
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Mrs Harris books are the ultimate feel-good stories. Paul Gallico pays homage to that British institution - the Char lady - and here we have a good, down to earth character who seems to possess a magic that works it's way through those that she meets on her journeys. Sensible, no-nonsense - these books could easily have bordered on the syrupy but Mr Gallico keeps Ada Harris's feet firmly on the ground. The stories are to be read and re-read when the days outside are gloomy.

They are written in the 50s and that must be taken into consideration when reading them and although some dialogue may look dated, Mr Gallico expresses himself eloquently and the writing is a delight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read !! 19 Aug 2013
By lindsey
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I saw the film and couldn't wait to read the book. It's brilliant, funny ,sad and moving all at the same time. A story of real folk you could almost believe it to be true. Just ordinary middle classes a good read for all and great fun too. I definitely recommend !!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Game of Two Halves !! 7 Jun 2013
By David H J Ashdown TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
These two short stories are quite different in believability, the Paris one is a metaphor for goal achievement and common sense in that it shows that even the most humble of us can have goals that can be realized using determination and drive and even the Hoi polloi can feel comfortable in high society, it's just a case of knowing that you're as good as the next man. The second story about the kidnap and trip to the U.S.A is so ridiculous as to be farcical, it just wouldn't happen like that even in the wildest of your dreams, it's a pity that the second story was so silly because the first one gave us a good lesson about human nature.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By P. R.
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A good choice for a holiday read and serves as a reminder of when life was pre computers and we didn't have all the mod cons of today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read! 7 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
These two novels are priceless! I absolutely loved Mrs Harris the London char with buckets of charm. I highly recommend both books. They are highly entertaining and great stories - I love a good story and I was so disappointed when I finished both books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Paul Gallico 1 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback
I am a uk guy , 62 yrs old and watched tv during its formative years of the 50's and 60's. During this period there was a series called the Adventures of Hiram Holliday, based on the novels of the same name, by Paul Gallico.
Recently my wife, who is 11 yrs younger than I, were ata car boot sail when we saw what looked like a 60's edition of the Mrs Harris series which I bought for sentimental reasons. The next day I was looking for it at home when my wife told me that she had started reading it and was loving it. Hence me ordering this volume from Amazon.
She has subsequently finished reading it and was over the moon with it. She said it lacked sophistication, sex and violence.......FANTASTIC. It was thye type of read that we need at times to take us away from the harsh realities of this life. A simple pleasure well enjoyed. Thank you Paul Gallico and Amazon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars review
love paul gallico and am very glad to have these two on my book shelves no more comment necessary or possible
Published 3 months ago by hope
4.0 out of 5 stars What can one say? It's Paul Gallico!
I've read these and other Gallico books several times since I was a child and still read them today. Read more
Published 9 months ago by G. Orman
3.0 out of 5 stars My mistake
I was trying to get hold of Mrs Harris goes to New York and ended up with two books. Probably my fault
Published 10 months ago by Pimlico
5.0 out of 5 stars Great double book.
I really did enjoy these stories of a London char who goes abroad. However thought the cockney language was a bit off.
Published 12 months ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Mrs Harris goes to Paris
A well written story that is true to life, that is a seemingly light read; but actually quite motivational.
I highly recommend it.
Published 14 months ago by Madu
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely read
This isn't a great literary masterpiece, but is written well and showing an enormous understanding of humanity with all its goods and bads. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mrs. J. Bloomer
5.0 out of 5 stars A simple but good read
A lovely, well written story which although "light" reading is observant, thought provoking and although now nostalgic of previous generation is still relevent today. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ellena Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gallico Spell
A really good read. So enjoyable, amusing....I have now read all the Mrs Harris books, & wished there were more.
Published 15 months ago by Jay
4.0 out of 5 stars Teenager
An interesting read. The character sketches were so good and a London charlady comes to life.
Paul Gallico is a brilliant writer.
Published 18 months ago by everanne
4.0 out of 5 stars England as imagined by Americans
This book was recommended to me by an American friend from the deep south. It's how Americans imagined England to be in the 1930s - 1950s. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Gloria Cooper
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