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Sep 05

All The Bees Are Ded

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RIP Helen Cresswell, author of The Bagthorpe Saga, which made me larff so much as an 11-year old that I’ve never dared go back and try reading it again.

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  1. 1
    Corey K. on 25 Oct 2010 #

    Books two and four (“Absolute Zero” and “Bagthorpes V. the World”) hold up really, really, REALLY well; I’ve read ’em again and again. Perfect balance of plot, character, and hilarious set pieces. Seriously.

    Higledy pigledy pore ded hen
    Yore fethers will never com back agen.
    1763-1807

    (Found this post by Googling “all the bees are ded.”)

  2. 2
    Tom on 25 Oct 2010 #

    I actually did re-read them – well, books 2-4, which were what I had as a kid – between posting this and now. And they do stand up well!

  3. 3
    Corey K. on 26 Oct 2010 #

    Hoorah – glad to hear it. :) You’re right in your other post about “Ordinary Jack,” though – I re-read that one several years back and was disappointed.

    Lovely – and only quite recently written – review of the Saga here that I’ve just found:

    http://www.suite101.com/content/funny-books-for-kids-the-bagthorpe-saga-helen-creswell–review-a281370

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