Winifred Watson Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (1938)
This is my hands-down favourite read of the year. Maybe the last two years. Maybe ever. It is witty, clever, well-written, beautifully illustrated and very, very moving.
If you liked this... I'm reading it again. And again. I worried that if I read it tomorrow it will also become my favourite read of 2011. Maybe I'd better reread it tonight!