This book is an optional set text for the Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) Exam 2020 & 2021 Writing Paper, it can be read in preparation for the optional set text tasks.
Teachers may choose to prepare candidates for questions on this set text by studying the film directed by Tim Fywell (2000) as well as, or instead of, the novel.
'I write this sitting in the kitchen sink' is the first line of this timeless, witty and enchanting novel about growing up.
[show more]rtmain 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.