I Capture the Castle (Paperback)
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I Capture the Castle (Paperback)

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Still one of the most affecting and accurate portraits of growing up, Dodie Smith's classic novel chronicles the struggles of the Mortmain family and how a new arrival sparks a transformation in young Cassandra.

'I write this sitting in the kitchen sink...'

This is the diary of Cassandra Mortmain, which tells of her extraordinary family and their crumbling castle home. Cassandra's father was once a famous writer, but now he mainly reads detective novels while his family slide into genteel poverty. Her sister Rose is bored and beautiful, and desperate to marry riches. Their step-mother Topaz has habit of striding through the countryside wearing only her wellington boots. But all their lives will be soon be transformed by the arrival of new neighbours from America, and Cassandra finds herself falling in love...

BACKSTORY: Get to know Dodie Smith, and be inspired to keep your own diary!

**One of the BBC's 100 Novels That Shaped Our World**

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099572886
Number of pages: 592
Weight: 384 g
Dimensions: 188 x 129 x 35 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
There are many good reasons to read Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle: it provides excellent advice about dressing on a budget (dye all your clothes sea-green); how to cope when the man you love falls for your elder sister (keep a diary) and your stepmother dances naked in the rain (ditto). Given that most teenagers believe their parents to be mad - and vice versa - the novel also serves as a helpful guide to recognising the fine line between eccentricity and outright insanity * Guardian *
A book for anyone who is young, poor, fed up and yearning for something exciting to happen * Irish Times *
When I read I Capture the Castle it immediately became one of my favourite novels of all time, and I was very annoyed that nobody had told me about it before -- J.K Rowling
Unputdownable and loved by teenagers and adults everywhere. * Observer *
Everyone I've passed it on to has found it a hit - it works every time, for absolutely everybody -- Nigella Lawson

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“A great coming of age tale”

Cassandra is a seventeen year old girl who lives with her family in a decaying castle. With little money Cassandra spends most of her time observing the lives of those around her and capturing the daily life in the... More

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“Lovely!”

This is a lovely book; quite deserving of its place in the hearts of many of its readers and its status as a classic. It does have some slap-worthy characters but is probably the better for that. A very enjoyable read.

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“Honest and brilliant!”

This is the second time I have read this book, I think everytime you read it you find a new meaning and something that you can resonate with.
It is beautifully written and such a clever, innocent and brutally honest... More

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