Helen Simonson

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

Welcome and thank you for visiting my web site. While it was often a struggle to write this first novel, it was never hard to spend time in the company of Major Pettigrew. From the first time he opened the door to his home, Rose Lodge, he has always seemed to live and be real - and my biggest challenge has been not to let him down by failing to tell his story. I hope you enjoy meeting him too.

Helen Simonson

Gentle and charming, but these words can’t convey the slow-burning pleasure of this novel.

—Kate Saunders
The Times 20th February 2010

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Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand was chosen for the Richard and Judy book club 2011!

Melissa Nathan Award
When Major Pettigrew, a retired British army major in a small Sussex village, embarks on an unexpected friendship with the widowed Mrs. Ali, who runs the local shop, trouble erupts to disturb the bucolic serenity of the village and of the Major’s carefully regimented life.
As the Major and Mrs. Ali discover just how much they have in common, including an educated background and a shared love of books, they must struggle to understand what it means to belong and how far the obligations of family and tradition can be set aside for personal freedom. Meanwhile, the village itself, lost in its petty prejudices and traditions, may not see its own destruction coming.
 See Helen Simonson’s interview with Richard and Judy!

"What a charming, quirky story this is,"
            - Richard Madeley

"a story glowing with hope, optimism, and kindness. A lovely read."
            - Judy Finnegan

"A charming, funny and absorbing debut"
            - Wendy Holden, Daily Mail

"I adore Major Pettigrew...a quirky, lovely novel"
            - Sophie Dahl

"With a hero whom generations will recognise and love, this novel brings balm to the heart,"
            - Angela Huth

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