Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Helen Cresswell dies

Helen Cresswell, the author of the hilarious children's series The Bagthorpe Saga, has died aged 71.

I remember spending many hours with the brilliant but deranged Bagthorpe family. Even though some of the more British references were lost on me, I was captivated by these manic, original and thoroughly unsentimental tales. Through them, Cresswell -- like her saga's hero, Jack -- has achieved Immortality.

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