Published by Pan Books, Limited - London and Sydney, 1974.
This takes place during world war II on the coast of England. A woman has adopted 6 children and doesn't like it at all when the soldiers invade her village to protect it.
England drops from the European Common Market and forms an unholy alliance with the United States. fearing invasion from Europe, the U.S. lands marines in Cornwall as a protective measure. The acronym for this is USUK (¿You Suck?). How appropriate! Quickly, things get out of hand when a marine shoots a dog on the property of an aging, retired maven actress. She takes up the banner and spurs the western provinces into a small scale rebellion. Violence escalates when Mad (short for Madam) dresses Guy Faulke as a U.S. marine, and it's all downhill from there. Typical of Dame Daphne, this is full of dry wit, top-notch character studies, and "it can't happen here," as well as portraying the deep-seated resentment of the local population. Somehow it reminds me of a 60s comic novel, Rally Round the Flag, Boys. Don't miss it! This could happen to you.