The Casson's are such fully realized characters. I confess I have wondered if there was a real family that was the inspiration for them.
McKay ... explains that these characters are not based on her own experience growing up in England as the oldest of four sisters. Rather, her novels' entertainingly eccentric family members come "entirely and utterly from my imagination, I am sorry to say! I suppose they were the families I would have liked to have."
McKay describes how Saffy's Angel came to be and the kinds of feedback she gets from readers.
I have yet to encounter any kids who read her books. I wonder if they strike a chord here in the USA. I love them but I am an affirmed Anglophile.
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