I Capture the Castle

I Capture the Castle

By Dodie Smith; Emilia Fox (Read by)

CSA Word, Compact Disc, Abridged, 9781934997444, 1pp.

Publication Date: November 24, 2009


Cassandra Mortmain is 17. Her journal describes the weird and wonderful world in which she lives: housed in a crumbling castle, with her writer father (who is "blocked"), her beautiful older sister Rose, her brainy younger brother and her unconventional artist stepmother, Topaz. The sudden arrival of two handsome American strangers is the catalyst for this touching coming-of-age tale, which sees Cassandra taking her first forays in womanhood not without her fair share of grief and giggles.

About the Author
Dorothy Gladys "Dodie" Smith, born in 1896 in Lancashire, England, was one of the most successful female dramatists of her generation. She wrote "Autumn", " Crocus", " "and "Dear Octopus", " "among other plays. "I Capture the Castle", " "her first novel, was written in the 1940s while she was living in America. An immediate success, it marked her crossover from playwright to novelist, and was produced as a play in 1954. Smith also wrote the novels "The Town in Bloom", " It Ends with Revelations", " A Tale of Two Families", " "and "The Girl in the Candle-Lit Bath", " "but she is best known today as the author of two highly popular stories for young readers: "The Hundred and One Dalmatians "and "The Starlight Barking"." "She died in 1990.

Emilia Fox lends her voice to various BBC Radio productions as well as audiobooks by Agatha Christie, Chris Cleave, and Jeffrey Archer. Her narration of "River Boy River Boy "by Tim Bowler won an "AudioFile "Earphones Award." S"he also narrated the character, Lady Winters, in the Doctor Who Adventure Game, "The Gunpowder Plot", and previously played Berenice in the Eighth Doctor audio drama "Nevermore".

She trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Her film appearances include "The Pianist", "Blink, Ballet Shoes, " and "My Name is Sabina Speilrein". Her television roles "Silent Witness", "Merlin", "David Copperfield", "The Scarlet Pimpernel" and "Pride and Prejudice. "On stage she has portrayed Isabel in "Richard II" and Virgilia in "Coriolanus" for the Almeida Theatre have garnered her acclaim. She lives in London.