Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Random Thoughts     Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson, Persephone  2008 (orig 1936), 234 pages

Challenge:  What’s in a Name 5:  Something on a Calendar, #601 on 1001 Books To Read Before You Die (or at least the list I’m using)

First Sentence:  “Miss Pettigrew pushed open the door of the employment agency and went in as the clock struck a quarter past nine.”

First FULL read of the year.   Thus?  did this book kick off the year on a good note?  YES!

Quote from blurb on book:  “Miss Pettigrew is irresistible, a perfect mix of wistfulness and joy, substance and froth.”  – Tracy Chevalier

Review in 7-10-7 Haiku:
Is Miss Pettigrew naive?  /  She can handle her own when needs arise; / One madcap helluva day!

Book I now have to read because it was mentioned in the Preface:  Stella Gibbons’ Cold Comfort Farm*

Where did I get this book?   From my friend Karen at Books and Chocolate for the Persephone Holiday Exchange.

Who will I give it to?  I think Miss Madeline will have to read it.  I love her responses to books and this might shock her a tiny bit in a fun way.  After than, Holly must read it and then it’s fair game.

Interesting CONNECTIONS:  This book is one that has a ONE DAY IN THE LIFE timeframe, as does Mrs. Dalloway and ____?______, perhaps Saturday by Ian McEwan?  Any suggestions for more?  I have the category set up here but not in goodreads (ok, got it NOW) and my search of my posts only brought up One Day by David Nicholls and that was more one-calendar-day snippets across many years.

My Rating:   

What did I think of the cover?   Just OK. Blush is applied too heavy.  The drawings inside the text were great.

Thoughts on fashion:  LOVED the glimpses into fashion and advice for looking young.

Slang:  Yes, glorious old-world British slang and some American, too, from that time period of between-the-Wars

Movie:   I have already seen the movie and tried not to *see* the actors in my head but not sure I succeeded. But it didn’t ruin it.  I do think Frances McDormand is a fabulous choice for Miss Pettigrew.    I want to see the flick again!

Discuss the ending:   [SPOILERS!?!?]  Well, now I ask, how is Miss Pettigrew going to ‘date’ this lingerie company guy and also run a house for our lovely Miss LaFosse?  But I did love that the book had a happy ending.

Who would I recommend this to:   Anyone who loves fashion, madcap adventure, sticking up for oneself, rags to riches, and flirting.

Who knew?   I find it most interesting that our author wrote typical ‘country’ tales and then wrote this (and also later wrote a mystery)  – which was ‘against type’ and was able to get it published anyway.  And then gave it all up (the being a writer thing) for a different life as life had ‘other plans’.

WORDS for Wednesday:      
marcel – a deep artificial wave in the hair.
prevaricated – speak or act in an evasive way.
cynosure – a person or thing that is the center of attention or admiration.
vamp – verb [ trans.] blatantly set out to attract : she had not vamped him like some wicked Jezebel.  

‘Oh, that,’ said Miss Dubarry. ‘That was very simple. I vamped the boss.’   …    ‘I was always clever that way.’



* I am seeing this book title EVERYWHERE. I think the universe is telling me I must read it.


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