• Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

  • By: Winifred Watson
  • Narrated by: Frances McDormand
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 26-02-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Persephone Books
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (86 ratings)

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.
©2000 The Estate of Winifred Watson (P)2008 Persephone Books
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Critic reviews

"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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3 out of 5 stars
By kerrymay on 04-01-10

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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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Brenda on 22-04-09

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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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By bebe on 17-04-10

such a cute story

This is a well done production of a really cute story. I love all the characters and the reader brings them to life. Just as Miss Pettigrew did, you will get swept up into a mad and hectic day full of surprise, laughter and fun. I did not want it to end. I enjoyed the story and this audible version so much that I got the latest movie version of Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day; however, I was was very very disappointed in that movie because it failed to stick with the story line in the book - that was a big mistake. The audible book was much superior to the movie. The reader is talented and has great accents - it is well worth the purchase.

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21 of 21 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Rachel on 06-05-10

A sweet confection

This is a story I find myself returning to again and again. Brilliantly read by the incredibly talented Frances McDormand, who also played the title character in the film. An excellent case of a really good read taken to the the next level by a really good reader. This is why I love audiobooks!

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13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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