===About the Book=== This is the journal of Cassandra Mortmain; an extraordinairy account of life with her equally extraordinairy family. First, there is her eccentric father. Then there is her sister, Rose - beautiful, vain and bored - and her stepmother, Topaz, an artist's model who likes to commune with nature. Finally there is Stephen, dazzlinglu handsome and hopelessly in love with Cassandra. In the cold and crumbling castle which is there home, Cassandra records events with characteristic honesty, as she tries to come to terms with her own feelings. The result is both marvelously funny and genuinely moving.