I Capture the Castle

I Capture the Castle

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Welcome to the world of seventeen-year-old Cassandra Mortmain. Written over eight months and in three notebooks, Cassandra tells of her extraordinary and very eccentric family and their life in a crumbling ramshackle castle. What was a very quiet and unassuming life for the Mortmains is fast transformed by the arrival of new, wealthy neighbours from America and Cassandra finds herself falling in love. Set in the idyllic English countryside in the 1930s, this timeless classic will capture the heart of every reader, young or old.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 576 pages
  • 130 x 180 x 46mm | 559.99g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Bodley Head Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1782300228
  • 9781782300229
  • 188,178

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"This book has one of the most charismatic narrators I've ever met" J. K. Rowling "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 "[A] gorgeous new edition" -- Geraldine Brennan Observershow more

About Dodie Smith

Dorothy Gladys 'Dodie' Smith was born in 1896 in Lancashire and was one of the most successful female dramatists of her generation. Her first novel, I Capture the Castle, written when she lived in America during the 1940's, 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 grown out of her life-long love of the spotty dog and inspired by her own experiences. The Hundred and One Dalmatians became the basis of two Disney Films. She lived in a cottage with her husband and many pets, in the Essex countryside that she loved, until her death in 1990, aged 94.show more

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

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Welcome to the world of seventeen-year-old Cassandra Mortmain. Over the course of eight months and three diaries, Cassandra captures her extraordinary and very eccentric family and their life in a crumbling, ramshackle castle set in the idyllic English countryside of the 1930s. What was a very quiet and unassuming life for the Mortmains is quickly transformed by the arrival of wealthy new neighbours from America and Cassandra finds herself falling in love . . .show more

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63,504 ratings
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4 38% (23,851)
3 21% (13,173)
2 5% (3,228)
1 1% (910)
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