First Meeting – Wednesday 4th December


If you haven’t read the book, then please come to the meeting anyway.  If you can’t attend the meeting then please read the book – and make any comments you wish on this blog. To start off the discussion……why do you think the book is called “I capture the castle”?  What is the meaning?  There are no right or wrong answers to this question!


Cassandra Mortmain

Image I didn’t know if I would manage to complete this book by the date of the book group but now I am looking for opportunities to grab some time to read it. My 17 year old self is really identifying with her young romantic notions.  The film of the book, I capture the castle is now in stock in the library.  Reserve if you would like to watch the film after reading the book.  But no cheating allowed if you haven’t read the book by the book group date!

More book group meetings

December’s group is fully booked. Sign up for any (or all) of the future meetings by emailing

• 5 February 2014, 12.00pm – 1.00pm

• 1 April 2014, 12.00pm – 1.00pm

• 23 May 2014, 12.00pm – 1.00pm

• 18 June 2014, 12.00pm – 1.00pm

The next book will be chosen at December’s meeting by putting suggestions in a hat.  If you would like to suggest a book please post the title here.

Welcome to the Chi Uni Staff Book Group

The Chi Uni Staff Book Group has begun! Initiated by library staff and supported by HR Staff Development, our first book is I capture the castle by Dodie Smith (also author of 101 Dalmations).  It’s a poignant, warm novel about an impoverished 1930’s family living in a crumbling old castle. The narrator, 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain, is an engaging, charismatic heroine writing about her eccentric family, love, heart-break, and growing up.  The first meeting on Wednesday 4th December is now fully booked.  However, if you can’t attend the meeting but would like to join in the discussion online then post your comments here.  Please email staff development to obtain a free copy of this book.  But hurry – copies are limited!

I Capture the Castle