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Champagne for Guinevere
on 21 April 2001
This gorgeous fairytale is the perfect book to pick up when you've had a bad day at work, and you feel a cold coming on (as I did). Guinevere Pettigrew's adventures with Miss LaFosse make sparkling reading. Miss Pettigrew is sent to the wrong address by her employment agency (she works as a nanny). Instead of a household of fractious children, she finds a glamourous young woman of slightly dubious morals, with a number of pressing problems, from cocaine in the bathroom to a jealous lover. Miss Pettigrew solves everything, using nothing more forceful than common sense and an ability to distinguish between right and wrong. This beautifully produced edition of the novel (first published in 1938) is enhanced by Persephone's excellent choice of endpapers and the original line drawings throughout the text. You won't be disappointed by this magical story.