I Capture the Castle

Written by Dodie Smith

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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 own emotional turmoil. Cassandra is determined not to be pretentious as she tells the stories of her family and the story of her own desperate entanglement with the man who loves her sister. The result is a book that is delightfully entertaining and humorous. ~ Julia Eccleshare

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I Capture the Castle Synopsis

I write this sitting in the kitchen sink. That is, my feet are in it; the rest of me is on the draining-board, which I have padded with our dog's blanket and the tea-cosy.

This is the diary of Cassandra Mortmain, which tells of her extraordinary family and their crumbling castle home. Cassandra's father was once a famous writer, but now he mainly reads detective novels while his family slide into genteel poverty. Her sister Rose is bored and beautiful, and desperate to marry riches. Their step-mother Topaz has habit of striding through the countryside wearing only her wellington boots. But all their lives will be soon be transformed by the arrival of new neighbours from America - and Cassandra finds herself falling in love...

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ISBN: 9780141371504
Publication date: 04/08/2016
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780099572886
Publication date: 02/08/2012
Publisher: Vintage Classics an imprint of Vintage
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099572886
Publication date: 2nd August 2012
Author: Dodie Smith
Publisher: Vintage Classics an imprint of Vintage
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 592 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers
Genres: Classic Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: Audio Books

About Dodie Smith

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 ...

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