Latest Issue

Jacqueline Wilson: The book that changed my life

"I hadn’t realised you could write a novel as if it were an imaginary diary. I’ve used this device many times in my own books"

By Jacqueline Wilson  

Illustration by Bill McConkey

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

I’d just started at secondary school and was happily browsing in the library at lunchtime when a teacher wandered past, pulled down a book, and put it in my hands.

“I think you might like it,” she said.

It was I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. It seemed a strange title, and I thought it was probably about some historical battle, so I didn’t look enthusiastic. I took it home simply to be polite—but when…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect