When her father dies, 10-year-old Frances, her mother, and assorted siblings are taken under the wing of their horsey relations, led by bullying Aunt Lawrence. Their new home is small and they can't afford a maid. Mother occasionally dabs at the furniture with a duster and sister Polly rules the kitchen. Living in patronised poverty isn't much fun but Frances makes friends with Mrs Alexander - who has a collection of monkeys and a yellow motor car - and the young widow Vanda, who is friendly if the Major isn't due to call.
But times change and one day Aunt Lawrence gets her come-uppance, Frances' mother remarries, and Frances at last goes to live in the wonderful house she has sometimes visited, which contains some rather odd skin chairs.... Download and start listening now!