Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (1938)
by Winifred Watson
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day benefited from the 1998 movie version- the LIBRARY copy of this book was a movie version. The foreword seems to indicate that immediately prior to the publication of the movie edition, Winifred Watson was "lost" because the writer of the foreword "discovered her" living in happy obscurity.
The action of Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day takes place during a single day. Miss Pettigrew is a self-described dowdy, middle aged Nanny- and not a good Nanny- as she points out repeatedly who is sent- by mistake- to the apartment of Delysia Lafosse- a flamboyant English (in the book) or American (Amy Adams in the movie) starlet.
Miss Pettigrew is a fun romp- racy, flirty and modern- and quite unlike Watson's other books which are more in the neo-Hardian mode of somber rural country novels.