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This is a deliciously entertaining Cinderella story for grown-ups. Over sixty years after her first appearance in 1938, Miss Pettigrew is still a delight, and is now charming a new circle of twenty-first century readers. It has been reprinted by Persephone Books in a facsimile edition, which includes the glorious original line drawings.

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Miss Guinevere Pettigrew, a gentlewoman spinster approaching middle-age has been working as a governess to make ends meet, but a succession of appalling employers has left her down-trodden. Then one morning, owing to a mix-up at her employment agency, she is sent for an interview with a Miss LaFosse, a glamorous but dissolute cabaret artiste, who is seeking a new maid. Despite the moral and social gulfs between them, a surprising bond is formed, and by the end of the day, both their lives have been entirely transformed.

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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."

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Book Description Paperback. Condition: New. Facsimile ed of 1938 ed. Language: English. Brand new Book. "Don t let this delightfully frothy drawing-room comedy get lost between the sofa "Miss Pettigrew is irresistible, a perfect mix of wistfulness and joy, substance and froth." Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl with a Pearl Earring "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is perhaps the happiest, most ebullient piece of fiction ever written for adults." Newsday Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is now available as an audio book read by Academy Award winning actress Frances McDormand, who stars in the film as the down-and-out governess Miss Pettigrew, who finds herself caught up in the life of Delysia LaFloss, a glamorous aspiring actress played by Amy Adams. Winifred Watson (1907 2002) grew up in Newcastle and was a secretary until, in 1935, she married Leslie Pickering, the manager of a timber firm. She wrote six novels in all, but after the birth of her son in 1941, she stopped writing and lived quietly in Newcastle for the rest of her life. Seller Inventory # AAZ9781903155103

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Book Description Paperback. Condition: new. Paperback. about a governess and and the night-club singer who employs her. Watson wrote and published six novels in the late 1930s, and was something of a celebrity in her day. Miss Pettigrew - a kind of aberration not at first welcomed by her publishers, but later a bestseller - is a fairy story. Guinevere Pettigrew, the 40-year-old daughter of a north-country curate, is down on her luck and desperate for a job. Now living in London, all she can offer is domestic and child-care experience, but she's not particularly good at either. Sent by an agency for interview by Miss Dylesia La Fosse, a night-club singer, she finds herself instantly still uninterviewed, embroiled in Dylesia's shockingly Bohemian life-style. Even more disorientating, she takes to it like an ugly duckling to water. Underneath her austere exterior Miss Pettigrew is a secret, subconscious swan - a raver, and bossy with it. In no time at all she's wearing make-up, drinking alcohol, running Dylesia's love-life - and other people's too. And they're grateful. All this can only lead to happy endings. The style is deceptively 'novelettish'. Some of the dialogue is cleverly and hilariously convoluted. Miss Pettigrew is a much shrewder operator than we at first think; her very innocence and down-to-earth common-sense protect her from the worst excesses of sophisticated London life. It's no wonder people who read it on publication still remember it fondly as their favourite book. The black-and-white illustrations are dead-right for the period. A book definitely to sneak back to in moments of depression. (Kirkus UK) Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. Seller Inventory # 9781903155103

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