Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

  • by Winifred Watson
  • Narrated by Frances McDormand
  • 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Miss Pettigrew is a down-on-her-luck, middle-aged governess sent by her employment agency to work for a nightclub singer rather than a household of unruly children. Over a period of 24 hours, as she becomes caught up in the life of Delysia LaFloss, her own life is changed - forever. This charming, funny, light-hearted 1938 novel was a bestseller on its first appearance. Read by Academy Award winning actress Frances McDormand, who stars in the 2008 film as Miss Pettigrew. Winifred Watson 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 and died in 2002.


What the Critics Say

"Miss Pettigree is irresistible, a perfect mix of wistfulness and joy, substance and froth." (Tracy Chevalier)
"Pure Cinderella fantasy farce with beaus, bounders, negligees and nightclubs - Miss Pettigrew's blossoming is a delight to observe." (The Guardian)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Uplifting story

Enjoyed the story but why was there an american narrator for an English book featuring English characters set in London? Not only was the american accent irritating but the reader used american pronunciation for words such as leisure.
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- kerrymay

do not miss this one

This is a delightful book, well written and well paced the narrator is well matched to the time and style of the period.
This is one that I will listen to again.
B.M. Wicklow Ireland
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- Brenda

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-02-2009
  • Publisher: Persephone Books