"Orders to Poach" concerns the comparatively impoverished Stewart family, who return to a cottage on the family estate for the summer holidays. The estate has been let to a stranger and their father writes from Burma to express his concern that the tenant is refusing to manage the estate properly with regard to the shooting and fishing. Thus, their father asks the his children, ranging in age from debutante Fiona and Old Etonian Ninian to twelve year old twins Jean and Jamie, to poach the land over the summer in order to keep down the deer and salmon. As well as this, they also spend their summer sailing, swimming and exploring, camping on islands and picnicking on the beach. The landscape of Ross-shire where the author spent much of her childhood is marvellously conveyed.
Used availability for Olivia Fitzroy's Orders to Poach
May 2006 : UK Paperback