Mrs Caldicot is a widow who leads a revolution in a depressing nursing home. The novel has been filmed with Pauline Collins as Mrs Caldicot and John Alderton as the nursing home owner. This is the first Mrs Caldicot novel. (The second, which continues the story, is Mrs Caldicots Knickerbocker Glory.) Both book and film have been widely praised. The Times described it as `Funny and poignant.