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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…

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