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Dear Dodie
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  • Published: 15 July 2002
  • ISBN: 9780712607315
  • Imprint: Pimlico
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $29.99

Dear Dodie

The Life of Dodie Smith


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An engrossing and vivid biography of Dodie Smith, author of The Hundred and One Dalmations and I Capture the Castle.

Frank and funny, unorthodox, liberated and quintessentially English, Dodie Smith, playwright and novelist, was the author of those immortal classics, The Hundred and One Dalmations and I Capture the Castle. One of the most successful dramatists of her generation, she spent the war years in America, befriended Christopher Isherwood and, through Walt Disney's film, became a household name.

  • Pub date: 15 July 2002
  • ISBN: 9780712607315
  • Imprint: Pimlico
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $29.99

About the Author

Valerie Grove

Valerie Grove is a journalist and interviewer with a weekly column in The Times. She was born in South Shields and educated at Girton College, Cambridge. She joined the London Evening Standard in 1968, becoming a journalist and later its literary editor. Her first book, Where I Was Young, was published in 1976 and her second, The Compleat Woman, in 1987. She is also the author of Dear Dodie.

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Praise for Dear Dodie

“I have nothing but praise for this engrossing book, which on the one hand recreates a recent, but forgotten theatrical age, and on the other should introduce Dodie to a host of new readers.”

Antonia Fraser, Literary Review

“Beautifully written, warm and lively, with enough detachment for us to see Dodie for ourselves-Full of life and zip.”

Joanna Trollope

“Valerie Grove's vivid biography is a brilliant feat of retrieval - nobody will be glad to finish this book.”

John Carey, Sunday Times

“Valerie Grove writes about Dodie with wit and discernment. This is a hugely enjoyable book.”

John Mortimer, Mail on Sunday

“A successful portrait of a powerful and original woman of devastating wit and intelligence.”

Elspeth Barker, Independent on Sunday


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