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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Paperback – 2 Nov 2000
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About the Author
Winifred Watson (1907-2002) lived in Newcastle and wrote six novels in all; she chose to stop writing after the birth of her son in 1941. The Times interviewed her at age 94 when Persephone Books reissued the book in 2000. The headline was "Bodice-Ripping Fame at 94." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Miss Pettigrew arrives at Delysia La Fosse's flat a timid larvae and over the course of the day becomes a beautiful butterfly as the acceptance and trust placed in her by Miss La Fosse and her friends allows Miss Pettigrew to be herself for the first time in her life.
This book is a truely wonderful read, it is full of warmth and delight, I read it in one sitting and will return to it any time I feel the need for a little magic in my life.
“How did you come to own a beauty parlour?” asked Miss Pettigrew...
“Oh, that,” said Miss Dubarry. “That was very simple. I vamped the boss.... I was eighteen…an apprentice. He was getting on. They always fall for the young ones... If you act ‘marriage or nothing’ they generally give you marriage. I was very lucky. I went to his head, but he couldn’t stand the pace. He got a nice tombstone and I got the parlour.”
From the idiosyncratic chapter headings to the perfect (just *perfect*) illustrations, this is a book like no other. It's for happy days (read about Miss Pettigrew and the cigar butts), for sad days (Joe in the taxi) and everything in between. Maiden aunts, lumberjacks, teenagers (and I write this having tried it out on all of them) - this is THE book to "aid recovery" AND "replace lost energy".
Nice, frothy dialogue and delightful inner musings make this a joy to read. Its apparent surface shallowness (everyone is beautiful, or made so, and everything fun is idealised) does have some depth to it after all, but even if it did not the sheer magnificence of the character of Miss Pettigrew would save the day.
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I couldn't put it down! It's a wonderful, sparkling, uplifting story, I had a big smile on my face the whole time I was reading it. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
Easy to read but is not a book which stays with you afterwards. Love the beautiful Persephone edition though!Published 3 months ago by SC
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