'This book has one of the most charismatic narrators I've ever met' J K Rowling
'I write this sitting in the kitchen sink' is the first line of this timeless, witty and enchanting novel about growing up.
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 fading 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.
'I know of few novels that inspire as much fierce lifelong affection in their readers' Joanna Trollope
**One of the BBC's 100 Novels That Shaped Our World**
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 298 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 26 mm
Everyone I've passed it on to has found it a hit - it works every time, for absolutely everybody -- Nigella Lawson
Smith rivals Nancy Mitford's Love in a Cold Climate series for 1930s toff charm -- Katy Guest * The Independent *
A deliciously evocative portrait of England -- Tasmina Perry * Daily Mail *
Dreamy and funny...an odd, shimmering timelessness clings to its pages. A thousand and one cheers for its reissue. A + * Entertainment Weekly *
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“A great coming of age tale”
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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.
“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.
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