Shipwrecked Dido Twite, picked up by a whaling ship, finds herself many miles from home and facing deep troubles. Sinister Miss Slighcarp, the governess from Willoughby Chase, makes a reappearance, this time is cahoots with Hanoverian plotters who have a dastardly plan in mind.
A zany, original historical fantasy
Joan Aiken is the best contemporary writer of historical-fantasy we have - and I would not make such a generalisation lightly. This is a quite exceptional book.
Altogther an invigorating book, in which the wit and nonsense make such a sparkling fizz together that it is hard to tell one from the other
A writer of wild humour