Miss Pettigrew Lives for A Day

Miss Pettigrew Lives for A Day

Audiobook CD - 2008
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“Don’t let this delightfully frothy drawing-room comedy get lost between the sofa cushions.”-Salon.com

“ 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.

Publisher: [London : Persephone], 2008
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781906462062
Branch Call Number: CDBK FIC Wats
Characteristics: 5 compact discs : 6 hours, 8 mins


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Nov 05, 2016

I picked up this book because I adore this movie so much. And the book did not disappoint. It is, indeed, different than the movie however, the tone and the delightfulness are the same. The characters make me happy and the love story is simple yet sweet. And it is just as much about friendship love, romantic love and self-love as anything I've ever read. Very good, enjoyable, sweet read.

Sep 07, 2015

Thoroughly delightful and escapist, even though it's so old. What fun!

Dec 03, 2014

I enjoyed the film so much I tracked down the book on which it was based and was so glad I did. The book is a whimsical delight.

Jul 04, 2014

I tracked down this book because I thoroughly enjoyed the Frances McDormand film. The book is even more delightful. It is lovely fluff with no higher meaning; just a pleasant visit with very nice people. Miss Pettigrew deserved her happy ending.

Oct 28, 2011

A fun, old-fashioned read. One of those books you can enjoy without having to think too hard! The illustrations are charming as well.

Sep 24, 2011

This is a cute, light read. All anyone needs is an outsider to enlighten them and show them the way while helping themselves along too. We can learn something from others.

Sep 18, 2011

Mostly, "day" novels are depressing ie. Mrs Dalloway. After watching the hours, a friend reccomended this book. I must admit, it was just as rewarding as Reading Mrs Dalloway, but it was funnier.

Jul 24, 2011

What an absolutely delightful read! It's marvelously refreshing to have a proper lady do properly unladylike actions and still remain proper! Despite risqué scenes, shocking behaviours and an imbroglio of relationships, this book remains sweet, moving and inspiring. We can all hope to be as straightforward and modest as Miss Pettigrew, to seize the day with her composure and truthfulness and to be rewarded for fairness of mind with a touch of apropos and humour. The book maintains its freshness and lightness throughout and, despite the happy ending, only hints at the fairy tale that may lie ahead - no false promises or hasty conclusions there! The illustrations are a lovely touch - why shouldn't adults enjoy a picture book? Enchanting and heartwarming.

Dec 11, 2009

Ok for a quick, fluffy, little read.

Jun 02, 2009

When the film version of Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day was released in 2008 and a new edition of the book was printed, one critic wrote, ?Why has it taken more than half a century for this wonderful flight of humor to be rediscovered?? That critic had a point?Winifred Watson?s captivating tale of how the middle-aged, out-of-touch, ex-governess Miss Pettigrew spends a glamour-filled day with the fetching but flighty nightclub singer Delysia La Fosse is a story most of us have never heard. Pre-World War II London is full of flash and glitter, Delysia?s many entanglements with men are dizzying, and we enjoy the surprises, triumphs, and revelations of the day right along with the wonder-filled Miss Pettigrew. The movie that put this little book back on the map is a fine adaptation starring Frances McDormand as Miss Pettigrew and Amy Adams as Delysia. Some of the action in the book is toned down for the film (references to drug use, such as they are, are deleted) and the romance is played up, but both the film and book will brighten up any day.

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Jul 24, 2011

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