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  • Published: 23 May 2023
  • ISBN: 9780241618059
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • RRP: $19.99

I Capture the Castle




Rebel Voices: Disruptive Stories from Trailblazing Women - a new Puffin Classics collection, celebrating International Women's Day 2023

Seventeen-year-old Cassandra Mortmain and her family live in a beautiful, ramshackle castle - but sadly that's not quite as exciting as it sounds when you're having to use the barn door as a kitchen table, and new clothes are literally made out of old curtains . . .

Determined to forge her own path, Cassandra practices her writing skills by keeping a diary - observing the eccentric comings and goings of her beloved-but exasperating family, and pondering what life may have in store for her. But things are about to get delightfully more dramatic with the arrival of two glamorous Americans - and soon the Mortmain's lives will never be the same again.

  • Published: 23 May 2023
  • ISBN: 9780241618059
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • RRP: $19.99

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

Everyone I've passed it on to has found it a hit - it works every time, for absolutely everybody

Nigella Lawson

Every time I meet someone who also loves I Capture the Castle, I know we must be kindred spirits

Jenny Han, bestselling author of To All the Boys I've Loved Before

I know of few novels that inspire as much fierce lifelong affection in their readers

Joanna Trollope