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Prime of Miss Pettigrew,
This review is from: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Paperback)
When a book looks so damn stylish as the Persephone titles - all silver and nostalgia - it's hard not to automatically love it. But steady on - I think there is an old saying along the lines of not judging books by their covers... so what's the deal with Miss Pettigrew?
First published in the 30s, it tells the tale of a frumpy governess being swept away in a whirl of nightclub glamour, courtesy of a mix-up with an address. Really why this is so is never made clear, but never mind, it's not the point of this Cinderella story.
After all, makeovers for poor girls have been the staple of fairytales since the time of Cinderella, and Miss Pettigrew is no different: soon enough, she's out of the drab old dress and into a frock & a fur coat, fragrant and sophisticated and guzzling cocktails.
She also manages to dispatch of a cocaine dealer, resolve a lovers' tiff and acquire an admirer of her own.
This is a book to be read in one go - which I did - but once that's done, I don't think I'll be returning to it. It's not a comfort read of the "Provincial Lady" variety, because, although it's not lacking in charm, it IS lacking in wit. I daresay you'll enjoy it as you would a black-and-white Sunday afternoon weepie, and then forget about it.