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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand  : Bonus: First Chapter of The Summer Before the War - Helen Simonson

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

Bonus: First Chapter of The Summer Before the War

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Honour, duty and a properly brewed cup of tea. The sweet, moving and uplifting story of a highly unlikely relationship between a very proper English gentleman and a widowed Pakistani shopkeeper, now in paperback.

Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired) leads a quiet life in the small rural English village of Edgecombe St Mary where he values the proper things that Englishmen have treasured for generations - honour, duty, decorum and a properly brewed cup of tea.

It takes news of his brother's death, though, to open the Major's eyes to Mrs Jasmina Ali, the village shopkeeper, and confound all the plans his patronising son and the local ladies have for him. Drawn together by their shared love of literature and the loss of their respective spouses, the Major and Mrs Ali soon find their friendship blossoming into something more.

A most unlikely hero, Major Pettigrew must first contend with irate relatives and an outraged village before he comes to understand his own heart.

Written with warmth, feeling and a delightfully dry sense of humour, this very modern love story will have you cheering wildly for the Major and Mrs Ali and believing that sometimes life does give you a second chance.

About the Author

Helen Simonson is an Englishwoman who spent her teenage years in a small village in East Sussex, near Rye. She moved to the US over twenty years ago and lives in the Washington, DC, area, with her American husband and her two sons. A graduate of the London School of Economics and former travel advertising executive, she recently completed an MFA at Stony Brook Southampton and her short stories and essays have appeared in several publications. Her first novel, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, was an international bestseller. Her second novel The Summer Before the War will be published in April 2016.


As this is my second copy, the answer is "yes!"


Good to read on a rainy day

Banora Point NSW


I'm so glad I bought this book!


I got this book for my mum for Christmas. She reads a lot and I usually stick to her favourite authors but I'm so glad I chose this instead, I've never heard her get so animated when talking about a book! The characters, the author's writing... she's looking forward to the next book, "The Summer Before The War" Three people are already lined up to read them after her



Marvellous read


this was a delightful book and I look forward to reading more from this author

Hobart, Tasmania


An entertaining light read


Attractive cover, good sized print - easy to read.

Newcastle NSW AUST


Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

4.8 4


ISBN: 9781760292843
ISBN-10: 1760292842
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 27th January 2016
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8