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I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, Valerie Grove

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A 2012 World Book Night selection.

'I write this sitting in the kitchen sink' is the first line of this timeless, witty and enchanting novel about growing up.


I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, Valerie Grove

A 2012 World Book Night selection.

Cassandra Mortmain lives with her bohemian and impoverished family in a crumbling castle in the middle of nowhere. Her journal records her life with her beautiful, bored sister, Rose, her fadingly glamorous stepmother, Topaz, her little brother Thomas and her eccentric novelist father who suffers from a financially crippling writer's block. However, all their lives are turned upside down when the American heirs to the castle arrive and Cassandra finds herself falling in love for the first time...

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'This book has one of the most charismatic narrators I've ever met.' - J.K. Rowling

About the Author

Dorothy Gladys 'Dodie' Smith was born in 1896 in Lancashire and she was one of the most successful female dramatists of her generation. Her first novel, I Capture the Castle, was written when she lived in America during the 1940's and marked her crossover debut from playwright to novelist. The novel became an immediate success and was produced as a play in 1954. She has written numerous other novels but is best known today for The Hundred and One Dalmatians, a story for younger readers. The Hundred and One Dalmatians became the basis of two Disney films.

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Book Info

Publication date

31st January 2004


Dodie Smith, Valerie Grove

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Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing


432 pages


Literary Fiction
Family Drama

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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