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Publisher's Summary

Toby Jones and Holliday Grainger star in a new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation 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 behaviour 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.

Duration: two hours.

©2016 BBC Worldwide Limited (P)2016 BBC Worldwide Limited

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  • jill middlemas
  • 04-27-17

too short

really enjoyed this play felt a bit predictable also tbought it could have been longer

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  • Anna Pye
  • 02-26-17

Fantastic

Listened to the whole thing in one sitting. It's a captivating novel expertly produced as a radio play. Holliday Grainger was perfect and the rest of the cast just right. I enjoyed it immensely.