Miss Pettigrew Charms

Three movies based on books opened on Friday (see Pages — Books to Movies — March/April), all in limited release. The one drawing the most attention (and best box office) is Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. The NY Times concurred with the Washington Post‘s evaluation; “After a particularly dour Oscar season, the jolly romantic romp “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day” sparkles like a rhinestone in the muck.” Entertainment Weekly, gave it just a C+, while still managing to make it sound enjoyable.

The movie is based on a 1939 book that had been forgotten until London publisher Persephone, which specializes in “reprinting forgotten classics by twentieth-century (mostly women) writers” turned it into a surprise success in the UK (the web site Film in Focus presents an interesting history of the book).

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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Winifred Watson

  • Paperback:$15.00
  • Publisher: Persephone Books; Rev Ed edition (March 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 190646202X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906462024

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