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Hundred and One Dalmatians, The, SMITH, Dodie
1 7411 SMITH, Dodie Hundred and One Dalmatians, The
Hardcover; Book Club Edition Viking Press: NY; c1957; 150 pages Illustrated by Janet & Anne Grahame-Johnstone; B&W Illustration: Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Only publication date listed in book is 1957 but previous owner signature in ink on front free endpaper is dated 1971. Dust wrapper references charming b&w illustrations but this edition only has a single illustration on the title page so most likely this is a 1970's reprint. Front and rear pastedowns rippled (publishing flaws), spine ends and two corners bumped, pink binding with embossed Dalmatians illustration clean and bright. A few smudges on red painted top edge of textblock, deckled foreedges have a few tiny fingernail marks; pages clean and bright. Faintly tanned dustwrapper lightly edgeworn with a few tiny closed tears. A nice copy of a beloved childhood favourite.; The author wrote this delightful book for children but admirers of her books for adults will enjoy it too. "And no dog who can read will be able to put it down." In this tale the truth is revealed, the dogs are vastly superior to the humans, though they’re very fond of them and consider them as pets who are “gentle, obedient, and unusually intelligent – almost canine, at times”.

“Like many other much-loved humans, they believed they owned their dogs, instead of realising that their dogs owned them,” writes Smith, a dog lover herself, who owned nine Dalmatians. “Pongo and Missis found this touching and amusing and let their pets think it was true.”

Anyone who has seen the films or the play knows what happens next but we won't spoil it for anyone who has the treat of discovering this story of Pongo and Missis and the Dearly couple for the first time.; This book recommended by Alison Flood in an April 2020 article in "The Guardian". "...it’s far richer and funnier than the films. When I went back to it recently – favourites from my childhood seem to be what I need to read right now – I was entirely entranced by it, once again." Images are of actual copy on offer. 
Price: 36.50 USD

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I Capture the Castle, SMITH, Dodie
2 7419 SMITH, Dodie I Capture the Castle
Softcover; Trade PB St Martin's Griffin: NY; c1948, 1998; 343 pages B&W Illustrations: Good+ 
No spine or cover creases, covers lightly edgeworn, previous bookstore price sticker on rear cover, a few faint smudges to page edges. Extensive pencil underlining and notes from previous owner, for example "Cassandra's observations are keen, delightful and include lots of self awareness." make this a reading copy only. ; Basis for the 2003 BBC film. The first novel by this author, who was best known for '101 Dalmations', written while she lived in the United States in the 1940's. This is one of the most enchanting and unusual coming of age stories. Set in a three-quarters ruined 600-year-old castle in the English countryside, the book is the journal of seventeen-year-old Cassandra. She is teaching herself to write, and does very well indeed at "capturing the castle. " She is growing up amid poverty along with her twenty-one year old sister Rose, her smart younger brother, her stepmother model, Topaz, and her eccentric father, stymied by writer's block for many years. Cassandra candidly chronicles the changes wrought by the arrival of Simon from America, heir to the nearby manor house and their landlord, along with his brother Neil and voluble mother. The devoted and shockingly handsome Stephen (penurious castle help), a charming Vicar, and a greasy photographer from London, round out the characters. Totally engaging...you will love it.; Recommended by Sulie and Holly H. of the DES email discussion group and by J. K. Rowling. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 8.25 USD
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New Moon with the Old, The, SMITH, Dodie
3 7101 SMITH, Dodie New Moon with the Old, The
Softcover; Mass Market PB Corsair: London; c1963, 2012; 377 pages As New 
Unread copy received with faint edgewear.; The author of the delightful 'I Capture the Castle' provides us with another enchanting novel. Devotees of D.E. Stevenson will smile at the similarities between secretary-housekeeper Jane Minton and many a Stevenson heroine. Jane is warmly welcomed by two brothers, two sisters and a pair of loyal maids to an English country home that is as comfortable as one could wish. Disaster strikes the absentee father, though, giving the opportunity for all five main characters to find their feet in life. It is hard to say which character holds the most compelling (and amusing) story. The steps each sibling and Jane take to make their way in life are wholly engrossing. It is guaranteed the reader will find kinship with Merry, Drew, Clare, Richard or Jane, as each of their adventures is relayed in turn.; Warmly recommended by Holly H., Kristi J., and Tom J. of the AT and DES email discussion lists and by Joan B. of the AT email discussion list. Image is one of actual copies on offer. 
Price: 11.50 USD
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Town in Bloom, The, SMITH, Dodie
4 7261 SMITH, Dodie Town in Bloom, The
Hardcover Little, Brown & Company: Boston; 1965; First US Edition 271 pages Good+ 
"A beguiling tale, at once nostalgic and candid about coming of age and the healing effects of time, this 1965 novel reveals much of the author's love of theater in the story of a determined young Lancashire girl arriving in London. Mouse never did fully suit her nickname—tiny she may have been, but timid, never. Within 24 hours of her arrival in the city, she had bluffed her way into an audition at a famous theater, infuriated its forceful young stage director, and amused its kind (if quite amoral) actor-manager. She won, not a part, but at least a toehold as a junior secretary. Soon she has befriended Molly, a baby-faced six-footer, and elegant, ambitious Lilian. Later there was also Zelle—rich, generous, enigmatic, and responsible for an outing to Suffolk village pageant which proved a turning point for them all.
Born near Manchester, Dodie Smith was already bitten by the theater bug when she entered St Paul's Girls School in London, and though she went on to become a remarkably unsuccessful actress, she later became a playwright and novelist of considerable acclaim, beloved for her children's book 'The Hundred and One Dalmatians'. Her first novel, 'I Capture the Castle'—was voted #82 of Britain's 100 best-loved novels as part of the BBC's Big Read—was followed by a string books known for their vivacious style and warm characters."
; Soiled red boards, sunned spine with bumped ends, pages age yellowed but clean, edges a bit darker and slightly soiled; no binding problems. No dust wrapper. ; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 12.50 USD
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