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.