'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 fading 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.
'I know of few novels that inspire as much fierce lifelong affection in their readers' Joanna Trollope
**One of the BBC's 100 Novels That Shaped Our World**
I know of few novels that inspire as much fierce lifelong affection in their readers
Everyone I've passed it on to has found it a hit - it works every time, for absolutely everybody
Smith rivals Nancy Mitford's Love in a Cold Climate series for 1930s toff charm
A deliciously evocative portrait of England
Dreamy and funny...an odd, shimmering timelessness clings to its pages. A thousand and one cheers for its reissue. A +