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Dodie Smith - Author

Dodie Smith was born in Manchester in 1896. Aged 17 she set off for London, determined to become an actress, but she struggled to find work, living off baked beans in freezing hostels. While working at the famous Heals department store, Dodie turned to writing plays instead, and her first was an overnight sensation - the newspapers excitedly declared 'Shopgirl Turns Playwright!'. During the war she moved to Hollywood with her husband, and it was there, spurned on by regret and homesickness for the English countryside she'd left behind, that Dodie began writing I Capture the Castle. When a friend gave Dodie a dalmatian puppy (presented in a hat box!) this began a life-long love of the spotty dogs. Dodie's well-loved novel 101 Dalmatians was inspired by her experiences of raising fifteen puppies. She lived in a ramshackle cottage with her husband and many other animals until her death in 1990, aged 94.

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I Capture the Castle
Dodie Smith
In a nutshell: Iconic | Outspoken | Big Issues | Difficult Truths A story about writing, this is also a wonderfully romantic story told by a young narrator trying to capture the unusual behaviour of her family and the life...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2016
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The One Hundred and One Dalmatians
Dodie Smith
Cruella De Vil, the wicked woman who steals a litter of Dalmations puppies so that she can make herself a very special fur coat is one of the most feared villains of children's fiction. The One Hundred and One Dalmations...
Lovereading Price: £7.99 - Saving £2.00 (20%) Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2012
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I Capture the Castle
Dodie Smith
A story about writing, this is also a wonderfully romantic story told by a young narrator trying to capture the unusual behaviour of her family and the life they lead in an unusual ruined castle as well as describing her...
Lovereading Price: £6.39 - Saving £1.60 (20%) Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/08/2012
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