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June 11, 2019
Persephone no. 21: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
And then, the minute I finished Because of the Lockwoods (this being a readathon, after all), I did something I don't do nearly enough anymore ... I sank into my favorite chair on Saturday afternoon, with a cup of tea and a book, and read the whole thing, sometimes too quickly, other times too slowly, almost cover to cover in one sitting. :)
I've read Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day before, and seen the movie, and remembered them fondly; I have the Persephone Classics edition on my shelf but borrowed the gray-covered, endpapered version from the college library because I could. But I hadn't remembered that it's not just charming, but very funny, or how much Miss P. lets herself get into the spirit of the situation she finds herself in.
I always like reading the prefaces in the Persephone books, but this one was especially enjoyable, with its story of how this book was discovered. It immediately sent me to all the online library catalogs I could find in search of Winifred Watson's other novels, but sadly, no luck.
Thanks again, Jessie!
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, by Winifred Watson
Persephone Books, 2000 (originally published in 1938)
Borrowed from the college library
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