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  • Published: 18 January 2022
  • ISBN: 9781784877453
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 576
  • RRP: $19.99

I Capture the Castle




Meet ten of literature's most iconic heroines, jacketed in bold portraits by female photographers from around the world

'I write this sitting in the kitchen sink...'

This is the story of Cassandra, precocious and charming, who begins a journal detailing her life with her bohemian family in a crumbling old castle. On the cusp of adulthood, Cassandra meets the family's growing challenges of poverty and decay with indefatigable humour and insight.

However, her life is turned upside down when the American heirs to the castle arrive and Cassandra finds herself falling in love. Both a gorgeous study of 1930s England and a sharp exposition of what it's like to be teenage girl, I Capture The Castle is a novel layered with eccentricity and nostalgia.

Meet ten of literature's most iconic heroines, jacketed in bold portraits by female photographers from around the world.

  • Published: 18 January 2022
  • ISBN: 9781784877453
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 576
  • 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

There are many good reasons to read Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle: it provides excellent advice about dressing on a budget (dye all your clothes sea-green); how to cope when the man you love falls for your elder sister (keep a diary) and your stepmother dances naked in the rain (ditto). Given that most teenagers believe their parents to be mad - and vice versa - the novel also serves as a helpful guide to recognising the fine line between eccentricity and outright insanity

Guardian

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

Irish Times

When I read I Capture the Castle it immediately became one of my favourite novels of all time, and I was very annoyed that nobody had told me about it before

J.K Rowling

Unputdownable and loved by teenagers and adults everywhere.

Observer

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

Nigella Lawson

So what makes these different to any other set of classics? In a moment of inspiration Random House had the bright idea of actually asking Key stage 2 children what extra ingredients they could add to make children want to read. And does it work? Well, put it this way...my 13-year-old daughter announced that she had to read a book over the summer holiday and, without any prompting, spotted The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas...and proceeded to read it! Now, if you knew my 13-year-old daughter, you would realise that this is quite remarkable. She reads texts, blogs and tags by the thousand - but this is the first book she has read since going to high school, so all hail Vintage Classics!

National Association for the Teaching of English

A complete joy of an eccentric English coming-of-age novel

Kerry Fowler, Sainsbury's Magazine

The perfect lockdown read - gentle and infused with a glowing warmth, featuring an emotional complexity that makes the simple story rewarding throughout

Independent

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