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Top 40 Book Club : 2011
10 11 ‘ .. .even in our twilight years it is possible to live an exciting life, if only we had the courage to live it ... major pETTigrEw’s lasT sTand // Helen simonson Helen Simonson’s entertaining first novel introduces an unlikely romantic hero, Major Pettigrew. Rather than the traditional youthful and handsome hero, he is a somewhat ‘dusty elder’ who is jolted out of his comfortable, ordered and lonely life by the charms of a local shopkeeper. Mrs Ali Pettigrew takes a stand against the local gossipy villagers and a troublesome son, who not only object to Mrs Ali’s foreign looks, but also that she is ‘in trade’. This novel humorously explores themes of racial intolerance, class structure and family tension, weaving in hilarious anecdotes and quirky, endearing country characters. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand is a refreshing read and gives hope that even in our twilight years it is possible to live an exciting life, if only we had the courage to live it! F