Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Miss Pettigrew

Some times there is gold in them thar hills. The Guardian this weekend profiled the book that became the under-the-radar hit movie Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. From the article:
The novel was a small sensation in the 1940s, but has gone on to sell far more copies after being republished by Persephone, which specialises in forgotten women's literature from the inter-war years. In the month since the release of the film in America, 12,000 copies have been sold, while British sales have topped 24,000, a remarkable feat for a book in this niche market.
The author of the book Winifred Watson gave up writing only a few years after penning this book when her house was bombed in 1940. Her family couldn't convince her to start writing again.

Francis McDormand, the lead actress in the movie has also contributed to a new audio version of the book that will be out later this year.

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