By Mary Clive, read by Patience Tomlinson.
Abridged and Produced by Chris Wallis.Just before the First World War, eight-year-old Evelyn was sent, with only her French nursery maid for company, to spend Christmas in a grand house.
This is her hilarious memoir of that time, in what is now a lost world.
In which Evelyn introduces us to the Savages, the Glens and the Howliboos, and the mysteries of nursery life.
It's Christmas Eve, and all the rituals have to be observed - dressing the tree in the ballroom, handing out meat to the servants and frightening the life out of the nannies.
Post Christmas boredom has set in, but a small experiment with a fire extinguisher soon livens things up, and Evelyn finds herself Lionel's heroine at last.
Evelyn has the chance to get her own back on Lionel and all the Savages, and she grasps it firmly with both hands.
But their vengeance is terrible.
Will Evelyn be rescued in the nick of time? Or not?