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3.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 5 3.75 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Winifred Watson Narrator: Frances McDormand Publisher: Persephone Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth Fragala | 1/29/2014

    " One of my favorite books, that I reread every year. A character study and book of hope and change, when a woman with no confidence gets an external - and internal - makeover. Fun clever, and not at all dated. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jamie Morris | 1/24/2014

    " I remember this book. I remember I didn't make it past the first chapter. Yawn "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Anne | 1/19/2014

    " A delectable book. Reading it made me feel light with satisfaction, as if every word were dipped in chocolate. I'd recommend this to anyone that needs an uplifting light read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexis Salzman | 1/17/2014

    " Charming. That's the best word I can think of to describe this book. Set in the 1930's, it follows the proper Miss Pettigrew for one day. She is a middle aged, sensible, and respectable woman looking for employment as a governess when she knocks on the door of the insatiable Miss LaFosse. What transpires is a series of outlandish events. Prior to this day Miss Pettigrew had never experienced love nor witnessed salacious behavior. But as the days events unfold, Miss Pettigrew timidly removes the shackles of propriety and lives, really lives, for the day. As the story develops she questions her notions of what is proper. She is genuine and honest with herself. She observes at one point "Oh! If a man had ever sent me a bunch of scarlet roses, I'd have lain on the ground and let him walk all over me." She is damn likable; I was rooting for her the whole time. Of course there is romance and plenty of men. Good men, scandalous men and dark, brooding, bad boys. At one point Miss Pettigrew observes "Oh dear! These men. They're wicked, but it doesn't matter. They simply leave the good men standing still... It's no use, we women just can't help ourselves. When it comes to love we're born adventurers!". A quick, uplifting read that reminded me that some of life's rules are meant to be broken. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iva | 12/28/2013

    " The reprint had the original illustrations; this added immeasurably to the enjoyment of this perfectly delightful reading experience. One is reminded of romantic comedies of the 40's. Watson has created wonderfully fresh characters. She is better at women than men, but this doesn't at all detract from an almost Cinderella-ish story, but not one for children. Best to know little about the plot, and plunge in for a charming entertainment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eleanor | 12/17/2013

    " A book to treasure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nora | 12/12/2013

    " This is a fun little story about stepping outside your comfort zone and taking your life into your own hands. I read this in one of my book clubs and was actually surprised at the amount of interesting discussion it generated. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanis | 11/28/2013

    " This book was just fizzy and adorable and sweet. I haven't seen the movie, so I can't compare it to that. I should give it four stars because there were some really racist / sexist comments by the characters but, fuck it, it was adorable anyway. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laney | 11/18/2013

    " A fun book, but not mind-blowing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 11/11/2013

    " This is a very funny book about two women. One feels completely sidelined by life, the other has an embarrassment of riches of a sort. They need each other, but don't immediately realize this fact. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anya | 11/8/2013

    " I love the movie. The book was quite enjoyable, excellent for light reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pancha | 11/6/2013

    " I saw the movie first, and mostly prefer the adapted screenplay (I like Miss Dubarry's character better in the book). I still liked the novel, but certain things like the casual racism or Miss Pettigrew constantly calling herself stupid dimmed my overall enjoyment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea Leaver | 10/31/2013

    " Read this last weekend on a drive home. Super entertaining and a short, delightful adventure (see? I am talking like Miss Pettigrew). Mostly, I am thrilled with the ending. So glad it ended how it did. This is one that my imagination will enjoy finishing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 7/26/2013

    " Pure sweet fantasy, literary champagne. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Voracious | 6/7/2013

    " I'd have given it five stars if it weren't for the casual racism and attitude to domestic violence. I know it's a product of its time (1930s), but it's off-putting, none-the-less. Apart from that, the book is charming and funny and thoroughly enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bridget | 4/20/2013

    " Adorable, fairy-tale like book. The kind of book that makes you want to go around saying "How delightful!" It's charming and funny - a quick, light read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vikki | 11/30/2012

    " Read on the recommendation of a friend. Loved it. A fabulous book, great characters, this book really takes you into the moment and the heart of miss Pettigrew. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josie | 7/7/2012

    " A charmingly modern book for it's time period. Thoroughly enjoyable, much like the movie was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JayeL | 6/30/2012

    " I liked the book much better than the movie. The beginnings were very much the same, but the ending in the book was much better. I also liked how caring the young people were in the book and how they valued Miss Pettigrew's contribution. Frances McDormand did a great job reading the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 3/23/2012

    " This was just a fun delightful quick read! I think I vaguely remember seeing the movie at one time but I'm glad I read the book to really get to know Miss Pettigrew's character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbierandall1 | 3/9/2012

    " What a fun book-different then my usual books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roberta | 11/17/2011

    " A very sweet book about the value of believing in yourself. Reminded me of Enchanted April for some reason. Some very outdated British boases show up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mikela | 8/31/2011

    " I absolutely adored this very charming, old-fashioned Cinderella style book. How could one not love Miss Pettigrew's inate wisdom coupled with the glamor and antics of her "new friends". A true delight! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbierandall1 | 5/19/2011

    " What a fun book-different then my usual books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/19/2011

    " An enjoyable bit of period escapist not total nonsense. Reminded me of the saying that money can't buy you happiness but it can buy you misery in luxury.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenalee | 5/6/2011

    " Actually liked the movie more.Amy Adams nailed it "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Missy | 4/29/2011

    " The movie is so much better! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 4/28/2011

    " Funny, clever and such a great period book. Would certainly recommend this - can be read in a day! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tuesday's Child | 4/28/2011

    " What an entertaining read.Wasn't expecting to like it, but was a pleasant surprise! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gini | 4/26/2011

    " This is one of those delightful, cozy reads that border on fluff and can be enjoyed like a sorbet between courses. Not great literature, just fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pancha | 4/11/2011

    " I saw the movie first, and mostly prefer the adapted screenplay (I like Miss Dubarry's character better in the book). I still liked the novel, but certain things like the casual racism or Miss Pettigrew constantly calling herself stupid dimmed my overall enjoyment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa | 4/2/2011

    " Really enjoyable. A combination of substance and fluff, and a lovely edition with all the original illustrations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 HKd | 3/31/2011

    " A charming, sweet and utterly delightful book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josie | 3/29/2011

    " A charmingly modern book for it's time period. Thoroughly enjoyable, much like the movie was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sari Lynn | 3/29/2011

    " An amusing 'comedy of errors', ably read by Frances McDormond. Miss Pettigrew is completely charming! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Czol | 3/28/2011

    " Kinda fun, but nowhere near as good as the film, & the racist & anti-semetic viewpoints put across by characters you're supposed to like & sympathise with were a bit much to take. "

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