In this seventh book about the eccentric Bagthorpe family in relentless pursuit of "strings to their bows" Mrs Bagthorpe is determined to liberate the women of the family from the drudgery of domestic chores. Hoever, she finds that if there's one thing she can never be, it's liberated. Helen Cresswell is author of "The Secret World of Polly Flint" and "Moondial", both serialized for BBC Television. Other titles in the Bagthorpe series include "Bagthorpes Haunted" and "Bagthorpes Abroad".
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In part #7 of their saga, the Bagthorpes are up to their usual shenanigans - if anything about this hilarious family can be described as usual. Following their arrival home from vacation, there's reluctance all round to enter the house lest a murderer be lurking under some bed, followed by a typically madcap welcome for the vagrant who's actually found in one. Mrs. Bagthorpe is trying to organize everyone to share the housework, but that doomed effort is almost a detail amidst the wild tangents, interpolated mix-ups, leitmotif of screeching Valkyries on a cracked record, depredations of enfant terrible Daisy, etc. These very British stories may not be everyone's cup of tea, but - line by line and page by page - fans will swear there's nothing funnier than this blend of verbal wit and inspired slapstick. (Kirkus Reviews)