The Life of Dodie Smith
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.
“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.”
“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