Published by the Folio Society, London in 1997. This is a lovely copy of the first novel by British author Dodie Smith - better known for the children's classic One Hundred and One Dalmations - with both the book and slipcase in excellent condition. Illustrations are by Aafke Brouwer and extend beyond the black and white illustrations within the book onto the wraparound image on the front cover.  


I Capture the Castle was written during the Second World War when she and her husband Alec Beesley were living in California. It was published in 1949. The novel relates to the adventures of an eccentric family, the Mortmains, struggling to live in genteel poverty in a decaying castle during the 1930s. The first person narrator is Cassandra Mortmain, an intelligent teenager who tells the story through her journal. It is a coming-of-age story in which Cassandra passes from being a girl at the beginning to being a young woman at the end.


In 2003 the novel was listed at number 82 in the BBC's survey The Big Read

I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith

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