At the end of the book, we are told that the entire clan descended on Guernsey for the summer. In a moment of boredom I tried to add the all up - have I missed anyone?
Janie, Julian, Grandma, Dad, baby Julie
Anne, Peter, Beth, other kids?
Elizabeth, Julian, Mike, Billy, Nella, Vanna, Pauline
Cesca, Jack, baby Nita
Rosamund, Nigel, baby Harold
Sir Piers, Sigrid, Rex, Maidie, Marjolaine, Dina, David, Peter, Tim, Britta, one more boy Fritta (?)
Mother, father, Con, Allegra, Josie, other children ?
Mother, father, Heather, Honey, Hazel
That's 42 people! Plus nannies and maids and other friends (Cuthbert maybe?) would probably push it up to 50 plus.
No wonder most of the meals were outdoors! How on earth would you find a dining room big enough for them all?
It's fun to have fun, but you have to know how - Dr Seuss