I Capture the Castle

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Random House, Aug 2, 2012 - Young Adult Fiction - 592 pages
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'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!

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I Capture the Castle is a book I've heard about for a long time but just never thought I would be interested in. Well, I was definitely wrong. Now I wish I’d read it much sooner. From the famous first ... Read full review

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User Review  - BookConcierge - LibraryThing

This is a coming-of-age novel that pays homage to Jane Austen. Our narrator is Cassandra Mortmain, age 17, who lives in a dilapidated castle with her father (a once-famous author), stepmother (a ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Dodie Smith was born in Manchester in 1896. Aged 17 she set off for London, determined to become an actress, but she struggled to find work, living off baked beans in freezing hostels. While working at the famous Heals department store, Dodie turned to writing plays instead, and her first was an overnight sensation - the newspapers excitedly declared 'Shopgirl Turns Playwright!'. During the war she moved to Hollywood with her husband, and it was there, spurned on by regret and homesickness for the English countryside she'd left behind, that Dodie began writing I Capture the Castle. When a friend gave Dodie a dalmatian puppy (presented in a hat box!) this began a life-long love of the spotty dogs. Dodie's well-loved novel 101 Dalmatians was inspired by her experiences of raising fifteen puppies. She lived in a ramshackle cottage with her husband and many other animals until her death in 1990, aged 94.

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