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An absolute classic coming-of-age novel from the 1940s, with an irresistible narrator, which fans of contemporary writers such as Meg Rosoff, Rainbow Rowell or E Lockhart will love. Part of the Originals - Penguin's very best modern classics for young adults.

"I write this sitting in the kitchen sink" is the memorable first line of this enchanting coming-of-age story, told in the form of Cassandra Mortmain's journal. Cassandra wittily describes life growing up in a crumbling castle, with her father who suffers from crippling writer's block, her glamorous but ineffectual step-mother and her vain but beloved sister Rose. When two visiting Americans arrive, all of their lives are turned upside down, and Cassandra experiences her first love.

This is a classic coming-of-age story, beloved of generations of teenage and adult readers, by Dodie Smith, who also wrote The Hundred and One Dalmatians.

Reviews

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

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780141371504

    January 30, 2017

    Puffin

    448 pages

    RRP $21.00

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  • Paperback

    9780099572886

    August 1, 2012

    Vintage Children's Classics

    592 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • I Capture The Castle
    Dodie Smith

    Paperback

    9780099460879

    April 1, 2004

    Vintage Classics

    432 pages

    RRP $26.99

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  • EBook

    9781446467145

    August 31, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    432 pages

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