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Dodie Smith

Dorothy Gladys Smith was born on 3 May, 1896 and is best known for writing I Capture the Castle, often voted one of Britain’s best-loved novels, and The Hundred and One Dalmatians, the book that inspired the Disney films and brought the world Cruella de Vil and Pongo - which was also the name of her very own pet Dalmatian.

During her career as a novelist and playwright, she also wrote under the pen names C.L. Anthony and Charles Henrey Percy. Dodie lived in America during the 1940s (during World War II) as her husband was a conscientious objector and died on 24 November, 1990.


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Dodie Smith Books

  • The Midnight Kittens

    Dodie Smith

    Product Code: ALAZY
    Paperback
    The Midnight Kittens
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  • The Hundred and One Dalmatians Modern Classic

    Dodie Smith

    Product Code: BSYDE
    Paperback
    A hundred and one dalmatians and more! This bumper Modern Classic edition includes the original Hundred and One Dalmatians and Dodie Smith's sequel, Starlight Barking. Cruella de Vil is enough to frighten the spots off a Dalmatian puppy. So when she steals a whole family of them, the puppies' parents, Pongo and Missus, lose no time in mounting a daring rescue mission. Will they be in time to thwart Cruella's evil scheme, or have they bitten off more than they can chew? Perfect for fans of the classic Disney film.
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  • I Capture the Castle

    Dodie Smith

    Product Code: BIBKY
    Hardback
    The eccentric Mortmain family have been rattling around in a vast, decrepit castle for years, gradually slipping into financial ruin. Mortmain is crippled by writer's block, while his beautiful second wife Topaz struggles to be a dutiful stepmother to Rose, Cassandra and Thomas. Rose needs a husband, Thomas an education but Cassandra lives for her writing. Through her gloriously witty and shrewd diaries, she chronicles the trials of family life, the impact on their prospects of the arrival of a glamorous American family, and the agonies of falling in love for the first time. A wonderfully quirky coming-of-age story, I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, author of The Hundred and One Dalmatians is an affectionately drawn portrait of one of the funniest families in literature. This beautiful Macmillan Collector's Library edition of I Capture the Castle is illustrated by Ruth Steed, and features an afterword by publisher Anna South. Designed to appeal to the booklover, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautiful gift editions of much-loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure.
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  • I Capture the Castle

    Dodie Smith

    Product Code: AUMRN
    Paperback 12 years +
    "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.
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  • I Capture the Castle

    Dodie Smith

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    Paperback
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    "I write this sitting in the kitchen sink. That is, my feet are in it; the rest of me is on the draining-board, which I have padded with our dog's blanket and the tea-cosy". This is the diary of Cassandra Mortmain, which tells of her extraordinary family and their crumbling castle home. Cassandra's father was once a famous writer, but now he mainly reads detective novels while his family slide into genteel poverty. Her sister Rose is bored and beautiful, and desperate to marry riches. Their step-mother Topaz has habit of striding through the countryside wearing only her wellington boots. But all their lives will be soon be transformed by the arrival of new neighbours from America, and Cassandra finds herself falling in love...
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  • It Ends With Revelations

    Dodie Smith

    Product Code: ADVOQ
    Paperback
    During a summer festival in an English spa town Miles Quentin, a distinguished actor, and his devoted wife become friendly with the local MP Geoffrey Thornton, and his young daughters Robin and Kit. All of these attractive, intelligent and busy people seem untroubled at first. But the surface of their lives conceals problems which start to come to light after the Quentin's return to their London theatre world and the Thornton's to their Westminster home. This leads to an unconventional love story in which loyalty may prove more important than love. "It Ends with Revelations" deals with complex issues of love and commitment, while retaining elements of the light hearted comedy of "I Capture The Castle" and the nostalgic charm of "The Town in Full Bloom". As ever, the vivacity of Dodie Smith's writing and the warmth of her characters will keep readers guessing until the last page.
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  • The New Moon With the Old

    Dodie Smith

    Product Code: ADVLJ
    Paperback
    From the author of "I Capture the Castle" and "The Hundred and One Dalmatians", here comes an unusual adventure in which humour and more than a touch of strangeness are inextricably blended. When Jane Minton arrives at Dome House as a secretary-housekeeper, she finds herself sharing the comfortable country home of four attractive young people. Their charming widower father, Rupert Carrington is too occupied with his London business to see very much of them. Richard, the eldest, is a composer; Clare, whose true talents (if they can be called that) have not yet disclosed themselves, dreams of courtly romance; Drew is collecting material for a novel; and Merry, still at school, has her heart set on a stage career. Jane is warmly welcomed into this happy household and feels her luck is too good to be true. However, the private world of Dome House is fated to break up as Rupert flees England under threat of prosecution for fraud. He asks Jane to break the news to the children, who must now fend for themselves, and to do what she can to help them. However, the Carringtons are extremely unusual young people and the story of the eclectic choices they make next is an absorbing and unpredictable one.
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