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I Capture the Castle
by Dodie Smith Valerie Grove

RRP €11.35

I Capture the Castle
by Author Name Dodie Smith, Valerie Grove

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List Price:11.35
Format: Paperback, 198 x 129 x 27mm, 432pp
Publication date: 31 Jan 2004
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN-13: 9780099460879

Dubray Review

This beautiful coming-of-age tale was written by Dodie Smith, best known for her children’s’ book, The Hundred and One Dalmatians. Narrated by Cassandra Mortmain, we are introduced to her eccentric family, as they try to make ends meet in a tumbledown English castle. Her father is struggling with writer’s block. Cassandra also has to contend with her beautiful sister, Rose; her bohemian step-mother, Topaz; and her younger brother, Thomas. All are viewed with affection but also a razor-sharp wit as Cassandra records the family’s trials and triumphs in her notebooks. When two American brothers arrive to inherit the nearby manor, the fortunes of the Mortmains seem to be on the up. An inspiration to writers such as Christopher Isherwood, Armistead Maupin and J K Rowling, this novel has defied age and gender classification amongst its readership for over fifty years.

- Penny Insole, Galway


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 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.


"I know of few novels that inspire as much fierce lifelong affection in their readers" -- Joanna Trollope "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 odd, shimmering timelessness clings to its pages. A thousand and one cheers for its reissue. A +" Entertainment Weekly