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  • Published: 30 January 2017
  • ISBN: 9780141371504
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • RRP: $22.99

I Capture the Castle




An absolute classic coming-of-age novel from the 1940s, with an irresistible narrator, which fans of contemporary writers such as Meg Rosoff, Rainbow Rowell or E Lockhart will love.

"I write this sitting in the kitchen sink" is the memorable first line of this enchanting coming-of-age story, told in the form of Cassandra Mortmain's journal. Cassandra wittily describes life growing up in a crumbling castle, with her father who suffers from crippling writer's block, her glamorous but ineffectual step-mother and her vain but beloved sister Rose. When two visiting Americans arrive, all of their lives are turned upside down, and Cassandra experiences her first love.

This is a classic coming-of-age story, beloved of millions of teenage and adult readers, and sure to be enjoyed for generations more.

  • Published: 30 January 2017
  • ISBN: 9780141371504
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Dodie Smith

Dorothy Gladys 'Dodie' Smith was born in 1896 in Lancashire and she was one of the most successful female dramatists of her generation. Her first novel, I Capture the Castle, was written when she lived in America during the 1940's and marked her crossover debut from playwright to novelist. The novel became an immediate success and was produced as a play in 1954. She has written numerous other novels but is best known today for The Hundred and One Dalmatians, a story for younger readers. The Hundred and One Dalmatians became the basis of two Disney Films.

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Praise for I Capture the Castle

The appeal of the book is that of a time of innocence . . . When a girl of 17 could still be all but untouched by sexuality. At the same time it captures the pangs of growing up and unrequited first love.

Observer

A book for everyone who is young, poor, fed up and yearning for something exciting to happen

Irish Times

This book has one of the most charismatic narrators I've ever met

J. K. Rowling