Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn't open, click the iTunes application icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
Opening the iBooks Store.If iBooks doesn't open, click the iBooks app in your Dock.Progress Indicator

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To download from the iTunes Store, get iTunes now.

Already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download
iTunes for Mac + PC

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

A Novel

This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device, and with iTunes on your computer. Books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.


BONUS: This edition contains a Major Pettigrew's Last Stand discussion guide.

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 Publishers Weekly

Jan 04, 2010 – In her charming debut novel, Simonson tells the tale of Maj. Ernest Pettigrew, an honor-bound Englishman and widower, and the very embodiment of duty and pride. As the novel opens, the major is mourning the loss of his younger brother, Bertie, and attempting to get his hands on Bertie's antique Churchill shotgun—part of a set that the boys' father split between them, but which Bertie's widow doesn't want to hand over. While the major is eager to reunite the pair for tradition's sake, his son, Roger, has plans to sell the heirloom set to a collector for a tidy sum. As he frets over the guns, the major's friendship with Jasmina Ali—the Pakistani widow of the local food shop owner—takes a turn unexpected by the major (but not by readers). The author's dense, descriptive prose wraps around the reader like a comforting cloak, eventually taking on true page-turner urgency as Simonson nudges the major and Jasmina further along and dangles possibilities about the fate of the major's beloved firearms. This is a vastly enjoyable traipse through the English countryside and the long-held traditions of the British aristocracy.

Customer Reviews

Sweet and refreshing!

I found this book because of the book club I belong to. I have to admit the beginning was a little slow going. Ladies who had finished the book encouraged me to keep going, to finish. I am so glad I did. What a wonderful ending, I don't want to ruin it for anyone who has not read it as yet. Do yourself a favor and read this charming book!

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

In all deference to the author, this book would make a wonderful presentation for NPR.Right up there with Upstairs Downstairs and Downton Abbey, but in our own era. It has drama,suspense, humor,romance,racial controversy, and,best of all, people over 30!

As a person of age, I feel such a connection to the major and his contempt for the digital age and what can seem such a precipitous decline of manners, communication, and appreciation for family and our shared history. The changes that have revolutionized our society have made the differences between generations into monumental chasms; the effort to keep up with those changes ,a constant challenge.

The major's ability to somehow perceive the difference between what is truly important and the arrogant and petty opinions of shallow minds that live in a world founded on nothing but the quicksand of prejuidice and self-promotion, is what made this book a constant pleasurable surprise for me. I never knew how he would react to a particular set of events. Just when I had decided he was an honorable person, he would retreat as a sodden old git;just as I had decided he was an SOD, he would suddenly peel back a layer to reveal his humanity and true grit.

The characters that the author creates for us all reveal themselves in the same fashion: layer by layer and thoroughly three dimensional. Their lovableness, or the lack thereof, their histories, their pain, and their guilt.

Without giving anything away, read this book and revel in language that tells us of a love the author has for the language, a deft hand at plot without formula, and familiarity of setting so real you feel as though you too are in an English fog!

Will enjoy this

A book that held my attention till the end.

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
View in iTunes
  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Literary
  • Published: Mar 02, 2010
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 384 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

Customer Ratings