Darkmere

Kate and her friends are spending the summer at Darkmere Castle in Cornwall – which she thinks will be a perfect opportunity for her to get together with Leo.

But instead, she's drawn into the dark story of an eighteenth-century girl who haunts the tunnels and towers of the house ... and whose curse now hangs over them all.

TOP 5 FRIDAY: Castles

Posted by Jazz on Friday April 24th, 2015

Oh, to be lord or lady of one's own castle. The turrets! The moats! The ... other castley bits! Unfortunately, unless you're a royal in medieval Germany or a knight of the round table, the likeliness of owning your own castle is slim - luckily, there's a ton of children's books out there which describe beautiful castles so vividly that you almost feel like you're there living in them.

1. HOGWARTS from the Harry Potter series
As you're probably well aware by now, it's physically impossible for us to write a top 5 without including Harry Potter - but this one is justified. Arguably the most iconic moment of the first book is when Harry travels over the Great Lake and sets his eyes on the castle for the first time. Moving staircases, sneaky only-open-if-you-know-about-them rooms, trapdoors concealing almost certain death ... what's not to love?

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Helen Maslin

Helen Maslin lives in Cheltenham with her husband and two young sons. She has studied English, history and art history, which remain her chief interests. She also runs an art club at her children's primary school.

Helen's art club is fun but always very messy. Her favourite things are brightly-coloured hair, Peter Lorre's voice, the smell of new books, Roy Lichtenstein's art, niceness and cake. Darkmere is her debut novel.