"There are many good reasons to read Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle
: it provides excellent advice about dressing on a budget (dye all your clothes sea-green); how to cope when the man you love falls for your elder sister (keep a diary) and your stepmother dances naked in the rain (ditto). Given that most teenagers believe their parents to be mad - and vice versa - the novel also serves as a helpful guide to recognising the fine line between eccentricity and outright insanity" (Guardian
"A book for anyone who is young, poor, fed up and yearning for something exciting to happen" (Irish Times
"When I read I Capture the Castle
it immediately became one of my favourite novels of all time, and I was very annoyed that nobody had told me about it before" (J.K Rowling)
"Unputdownable and loved by teenagers and adults everywhere." (Observer
"Everyone I've passed it on to has found it a hit - it works every time, for absolutely everybody" (Nigella Lawson)
The universally adored story of Cassandra Mortmain, her mad family, her loves and her heartaches. A perfect novel.