Kate O'Connor, April 20, 2013 (view all comments by Kate O'Connor)
When Miss Pettigrew, a rather terrible governess and the daughter of a clergyman, is sent to the wrong address for her new employment, she finds herself swept up in the biggest adventure of her life. For Miss Pettigrew is accidentally in the employ of the colourful Miss Delyssia LeFosse, a libertine, cabaret singer, and a woman utterly in need of Miss Pettigrew's assistance. Soon Miss Pettigrew is shocked to find herself smoking, drinking, and helping Delyssia sort through her many ardent suitors. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day will have you laughing aloud as Miss Pettigrew careens around from one adventure to another. The story is sweet, the characters loveable, and the prose exceptionally readable. Perfect to read curled up in an armchair with a cup of tea in hand, this fresh and funny classic is a reminder that it is never too late to start living.
Miss H, January 4, 2013 (view all comments by Miss H)
This is a wonderful, witty book which I enjoyed throughly. Taking place over the period of a day,
Miss Pettigrew has so many absurd encounters that I couldn't help but read on to find out what
other sorts of trouble she will get into! I've seen the movie and I think the book is just as funny,
if not funnier. I just loved it.
by Guardian (UK),
"Why has it taken more than half a century for this wonderful flight of humor to be rediscovered?"
by Sunday Times (UK),
"The sweetest grown-up book in the world."
"Miss Pettigrew follows Miss LaFosse from boudoir to nightclub in a daze of happiness. Drink, dance, drugs, sex; Miss Pettigrew demurs with a spinster-ish blush... then in she dives. She know her day must end and her dreary life begin again, but when the magical 24 hours have passed Miss Pettigrew is a changed woman. Miss Pettigrew is perhaps the happiest, most ebullient piece of fiction ever written for adults. It takes, sadly, far less than a day to read, but the sparkle doesn't fade for weeks."
by Time Out,
"Miss Pettigrew may not be a literary classic, but only the harshest of readers could fail to be charmed by the delightful heroine... Chronicled to the minute over a 24-hour time span, it is impossible to switch off."
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