Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson

Miss Petigrew Lives for a Day cover

This is the first Persephone book that I’ve read and it was the perfect choice after reading Dracula. I wanted something completely different and light-hearted and this just fitted the bill.

The story takes place over one very eventful day in which Miss Pettigrew, a 40 year old spinster who has very little experience of the world, has had to eke out a meagre existence working as a governess to ghastly children whose parents are even worse.

Finding herself unemployed again Miss Pettigrew is sent by the employment agency to Miss LaFosse’s flat as she is apparently looking for a nursery governess.

Miss Pettigrew is bowled over by Miss LaFosse’s beauty and quickly becomes involved in the exciting life of the night club singer who is juggling men, and considering this book was written in 1938, is so ‘fast’ that if she were a car she would be a Grand Prix winner.

Anyway, if you want a jolly good uplifting read this one is definitely worth reading, you’ll find yourself smiling your way through it.

2 thoughts on “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson

  1. I loved this book, such a lovely respite — I think it would be a perfect change from Dracula! If you want a similar reading experience, I highly recommend Miss Buncle’s Book by D. E. Stevenson. I was so happy to discover my library had LOTS of her books and I’m going to read them all someday.

    • Karen,
      Thanks for the tip about D.E.Stevenson. I’ve never read any of her books but I remember that they were very popular with the older ladies in the public library that I used to work in. In those days that put me off them! But I definitely want to read more of that type, it’s a necessity of life at the moment with all the doom and gloom around in the news.

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