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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Helen Simonson

Narrated By: Peter Altschuler

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: March 2010

Duration: 13 hours 0 minutes


You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction, and from the very first page of this remarkable novel he will steal your heart.

The Major leads a quiet life valuing the proper things that Englishmen have lived by for generations: honor, duty, decorum, and a properly brewed cup of tea. But then his brother's death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village. 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. But village society insists on embracing him as the quintessential local and her as the permanent foreigner. Can their relationship survive the risks one takes when pursuing happiness in the face of culture and tradition?

From the Hardcover edition.


  • Susan Williams

    Oh my gosh! LOVED this book. The story was so entertaining but what really made it perfect was the narrator. His British accent really brought the Major to life and even the other characters, females included, were excellent. It made my 40 minute ride to work so fun and I had a week off for vacation, and actually missed going to work, as I missed the characters so much!!

  • Jennifer Morrison

    A lovely story about families, silly traditions, prejudice, friendship and love, all set in a beautiful English village.

  • MissKate

    As I listened to this, I kept thinking "this seems familiar." Only when I went back and looked at my Goodreads list did I realize that I had read it, and hadn't liked it. So, this just proves that a good "reader" can make all the difference. The book starts slow, and it can be maddening in its stereotypes, but it builds to a nice conclusion.

  • Anonymous

    Beautifully written and beautifully read! Very highly recommended!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think I could have loved this story more. Wonderful story and characters, I hated to have it end.

  • Anonymous

    What an unusual and delightful story about stodgy tradition, prjudice and the ability to be human and rise above backwards ways of seeing the world. This book just confirms that you can teach an old dog new tricks

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