I Capture the Castle: A BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation

Version: Unabridged
Author: Dodie Smith
Narrator: Toby Jones , Holliday Granger
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Classics
Publisher: BBC Books
Published In: June 2016
Length: 2 hours
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Toby Jones and Holliday Grainger star in a new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatization of Dodie Smith's enduringly popular coming-of-age novel. In the 1930s, 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain lives in a crumbling ruin of a castle in the Suffolk countryside. Her father, an author wrestling with writer's block, spends his time reading detective stories; her bohemian stepmother Topaz is an artist's model; and her beautiful older sister Rose is determined to escape the poverty of their existence ideally by marriage to a rich man. Intelligent and observant, Cassandra chronicles the eccentricities of her relations in her journal, in a bid to capture her family and their lives at the castle. When two rich American brothers, Simon and Neil Cotton, arrive unexpectedly, the family's isolation is disrupted. Rose accepts a marriage proposal from Simon, and as she is whisked off to a world of wealth in London, Cassandra is left to deal with the increasingly bizarre behavior of her father as well as her own feelings for Simon . . . Dodie Smith's charming, funny, and poignant love story is a classic of 20th-Century English literature and this sparkling adaptation, starring Toby Jones and Holliday Grainger, will enchant and delight.

Author Details

Author Details

Smith, Dodie

Born in Lancashire in 1896, Dorothy Gladys "Dodie" Smith was the most successful female dramtist of her generation; and her first novel, I Capture the Castle (Atlantic-Little, Brown, 1948). Dodie Smith died in 1990.