“Last gesture before entering a room—powder your nose. It gives a sense of confidence.”
These are just a few gems from this thoroughly delightful Cinderella story concerning an English governess nearly at the end of her employment rope. Guinevere Pettigrew shows up for a job interview that unexpectedly catapults her into a whirlwind social spree among the cocktail set of London. For one day, the middle-aged Miss Pettigrew throws caution to the wind when she becomes companion to Delysia LaFosse, an actress with serious man troubles.
With the charm and escapism of a Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers’ movie and the flowing liquor and hilarious slang of a great Thin Man film, Miss Pettigrew is a complete delight to read and tremendous fun.
Note: Be sure to read the “Persephone Classics” version, chock-full of witty illustrations.