Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
by Winifred Watson
As a result of a misunderstanding, Miss Pettigrew, a down-at-heel, middle-aged nanny attends a totally inappropriate interview with a nightclub singer; the ensuing 24 hours will change her life forever. Winifred Watson’s novel was acclaimed when first published in 1938, but it somehow became lost in translation. Its revival is total!
‘Why has it taken more than half a century for this wonderful flight of humour to be rediscovered? Pure Cinderella fantasy farce with beaus, bounders, negligées and nightclubs – Miss Pettigrew’s blossoming is a delight to observe.’ The Guardian
Based in Bloomsbury, Persephone Publishing was established in 1999 to reprint brilliant books written by neglected authors, mainly from the 20th Century. Named after the powerful Greek goddess Persephone, who ruled the underworld with Hades, the slant of the imprint is, as you might suspect, towards female authors, but not exclusively. Due to the remarkable titles that have reappeared, Persephone Publishing has acquired a reputation for selecting books that are, very simply, marvellous to read. Not dauntingly intellectual, these are beautifully written stories that have resurfaced after the hardest test of all – time.
Illustrations: Original black and white line drawings
Dimensions: H:19cm, W:14cm
Integral jacket with flaps and printed endpapers