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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson
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Jul 13, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: favorites, fiction
Read in January, 2009

Miss Pettigrew is what we would call in present day language a loser. She can't hold down a job, doesn't have enough money to pay her bills, and she has no prospects of either a career or a good marriage. The agency she works for as a nanny is not interested in sending her for any further assignments, but she hears of one and goes in place of the woman they wish to send. However, this is the first of many misunderstandings which lead Miss Pettigrew down the path to finding out what it really feels like to LIVE (in capital letters) for one day. She turns up at the apartment of a young actress who was actually looking not for a nanny, but for a personal secretary. However, chaos ensues immediately because she is in bed with one man while her gangster boyfriend is on his way over to see her. And, of course, the man who wants to marry her is also in the picture. Miss Pettigrew helps our little actress and her friends square away their love lives while attending parties, shopping for clothes, having dinners and just having the day of her life. The movie was great fun, but what makes the book so much better are the passages where you read what Miss Pettigrew is thinking. This book was written in the 20's or 30's, but the subject matter of bedroom farce never really goes out of date. Highly amusing, and very British. If you love Jeeves and Wooster, this will tickle your fancy.
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