A bit of a slow blogging week but here is a quick #BookSnapSunday will be back to normally blogging and posting this week.

It has been a really chaotic week this week, but back to normal hopefully this week. Just a quick Instagram #BookSnapSunday I picked an old comfort read Dodie Smith’s lovely coming of age story I Capture the Castle, this is a fantastic story for any teen, or a woman of any age really. I believe it is also a favourite JK Rowling. Cassandra Mortmain is one of the great romantic heroines and this novel has one of my favourite opening lines of all time; “I write this sitting in the kitchen sink”. I bought the little everyman edition after donating my last paperback copy to a school library I worked with and a small hardcover seemed like a good idea since in our house this is a greatly loved favourite of both Bronte and me, we have gone through several copies of this book, they have been loved to death or given to others to read. Dodie Smith is probably more famous for creating 101 Dalmatians but I Capture the Castle is a timeless work of genius.

From the Goodreads blurb on the vintage classics edition:

‘This book has one of the most charismatic narrators I’ve ever met’ J K Rowling.

‘I write this sitting in the kitchen sink’ is the first line of this timeless, witty and enchanting novel about growing up. Cassandra Mortmain lives with her bohemian and impoverished family in a crumbling castle in the middle of nowhere. Her journal records her life with her beautiful, bored sister, Rose, her fadingly glamorous stepmother, Topaz, her little brother Thomas and her eccentric novelist father who suffers from a financially crippling writer’s block. However, all their lives are turned upside down when the American heirs to the castle arrive and Cassandra finds herself falling in love for the first time…

‘Everyone I’ve passed it on to has found it a hit – it works every time, for absolutely everybody’ Nigella Lawson.

This book is a gift. It is one of a million which is being given as part of World Book Night 2012 to spread the joy and love of reading. You can enjoy it and pass it on and still keep it with you. All you have to do is read it. Once you have, the story is yours forever.

World Book Night is a celebration of books are reading held on April 23, the international day of the book, which sees 20,000 passionate volunteers across the country give copies of one of 25 specially chosen, brilliant books within their communities.

Please try this book. We think you’re going to love it.
 – From the back cover. 

#BookSnapSunday is a weekly book photo meme and if you would like to participate feel free to leave a link to your photo in the comments below.

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