‘The Town in Bloom’ by Dodie Smith

The Town in Bloom opens with a chase scene: when Molly, Lilian, and the ironically named Mouse spot their old but estranged friend Zelle, Mouse is determined to track her down. She races round London in her pursuit, eventually finding her in a ‘rather shabby’ tenement flat. The encounter prompts Mouse to reflect on the… Continue reading ‘The Town in Bloom’ by Dodie Smith

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‘I Capture the Castle’ by Dodie Smith

Previously successful novelist Mortmain suffers from seemingly incurable writer’s block whilst his family battle impending bankruptcy in their secluded country home (the eponymous castle). Mortmain himself is largely absent throughout the novel, having holed himself up in his quarters with an apparent disregard for his family’s economic situation. Meanwhile, his wife Topaz and daughters Rose… Continue reading ‘I Capture the Castle’ by Dodie Smith