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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (5 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408808560
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408808566
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 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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Paul Gallico was born in New York City, of Italian and Austrian parentage, in 1897, and attended Columbia University. From 1922 to 1936 he worked on the New York Daily News as sports editor, columnist, and assistant managing editor. In 1936 he bought a house on top of a hill at Salcombe in South Devon and settled down with a Great Dane and twenty-three assorted cats. It was in 1941 that he made his name with The Snow Goose, a classic story of Dunkirk which became a world-wide best-seller. Having served as a gunner's mate in the U.S. Navy in 1918, he was again active as a war correspondent with the American Expeditionary Force in 1944. Paul Gallico, who later lived in Monaco, was a first-class fencer and a keen sea-fisherman. He wrote over forty books, four of which were the adventures of Mrs Harris: Mrs Harris Goes to Paris (1958), Mrs Harris Goes to New York (1959), Mrs. Harris, M.P. (1965) and Mrs Harris Goes to Moscow (1974). One of the most prolific and professional of American authors, Paul Gallico died in July 1976. He was married four times and had several children.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Adrenalin Streams on 15 Nov. 2011
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By hiljean VINE VOICE on 18 Jan. 2011
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sue K VINE VOICE on 13 Sept. 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David H J Ashdown TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Jun. 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lindsey on 19 Aug. 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Vivienne Ann Fenton on 7 Feb. 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. R. on 30 May 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G-mum on 26 Nov. 2014
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This was the choice of a lady in our street's reading group. I enjoyed it very much. I remember London cha ladies from my childhood and this took me right back. I was amazed that my children had no idea what a cha lady was. A light read but an extremely pleasant way to pass an afternoon with a suitable twist in the end. I finished it with a smile on my face.
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