Sleeper's Castle

by Barbara Erskine

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A sweeping saga of a tale, linking the past and the present through two women’s dreams and a house that straddles time. This is the first Barbara Erskine novel I’ve read, for those that have been with her since the beginning, this has been written 30 years after the bestselling ‘Lady of Hay’ was published. In the present Andy moves to Sleeper’s Castle as an escape from the nightmare her life has become, while in the past Catrin is trapped between the English and the Welsh as her father plays a dangerous game. This could almost be read as two separate novels, yet as we float between the stories, the house of Sleeper’s Castle controls the strings and begins to tighten the links between the two women. With two unsettling, oppressive characters haunting Andy and Catrin, there were times when, particularly in Andy’s case, I wanted to step into the pages and lend a helping hand. With dream walking and ghostly presences stalking menacingly through the tale, ‘Sleeper’s Castle’ is an intriguing foray into the story of a house that remains outside of time.

Liz Robinson

Sleeper's Castle Synopsis

The Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller. Two women, centuries apart. Linked in a place haunted by its history ...Separated by more than six hundred years of history, two women are drawn together by Sleeper's Castle, a house steeped in memory and magic. This is an epic tale of forbidden love, cruel revenge and a war that time can't forget. Grieving and lost, Miranda has moved to Hay to escape, and slowly she feels herself coming to life in the solitude of the mountains. But her vivid dreams at Sleeper's Castle introduce her to Catrin, a young women whose gift for foretelling the future embroiled her in a bloody revolt against English rule - many centuries ago. An unbreakable connection is forged across history. Catrin is reaching out ...and only Miranda can help. But time is running out...Sunday Times bestselling author Barbara Erskine returns to Hay in the year that marks the 30th anniversary of her sensational debut bestseller, Lady of Hay.

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Sleeper's Castle Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Celia Cohen - 'A thoroughly good read which is hard to put down.'
  • Ann Peet - 'Wonderful novel interweaving a fascinating time in Welsh history with a modern day tale of revenge. Completely captivating.'
  • Pam Kennedy - 'Great book, Barbara Erskine books are very good I have read them all and this is no exception.'
  • Janet Gilliard - 'Barbara Erskine is back to her best with this dual time novel.'
  • Angela Rhodes - 'the reader is transported back and forth between the past and the present with the ease and storytelling perfection that we the readers have grown to love.'
  • Debbie Patrick - 'This author NEVER disappoints.'
  • Glynis Elliott - 'as usual the novel was well written but in this particular instance not for me.'
  • Sheila Dale - 'This is classic Barbara Erskine with the past and present colliding. A great follow up to Lady of Hay and given an extra edge with additional characters being affected and involved in the plot.'
  • Kathy Howell - 'This is a really good read - and quite spooky!'
  • Julie Wragg - 'Spooky dual timeline story for Erskine fans.'
  • Nicola Kingswell - 'An epic novel of two entwined stories where love triumphs over tragedy, set 600 years apart.'
  • Carolyn Huckfield - 'Erskine takes us to the magical world of the marches between England and Wales. They are a border between today and the past where wizards and seers live alongside princes.'
  • Karin Gibson - 'The book is enjoyable and easy to read because of the excellence of the writing and I recommend it and give it 5 stars.'
  • Genevieve McAllister - 'Barbara Erskine’s latest historical novel doesn’t disappoint, with a dual time-frame anchored by the setting of Sleeper’s Castle itself.'

Sleeper's Castle Press Reviews

'Sleeper's Castle is a haunting tale, confirming that Barbara Erskine remains the mistress of the time-slip novel'
Acclaimed historian and novelist, Alison Weir

'Captivating... Beguiling ghosts that whisper to us from the past and seek to stamp their will upon the present'
Richard and Judy bestseller, Rachel Hore

'Evocative and haunting, [I was] every bit as captivated as I was when I was swept away by Lady of Hay'
Sunday Times bestselling author, Elizabeth Chadwick

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780007513192
Publication date: 06/04/2017
Publisher: Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780007513161
Publication date: 30/06/2016
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007513192
Publication date: 6th April 2017
Author: Barbara Erskine
Publisher: Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 544 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Sagas and Romance,
Categories: Historical mysteries,

About Barbara Erskine

Barbara Erskine was our Guest Editor in July 2012 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing. An historian by training, Barbara Erskine is the author of thirteen novels, at once demonstrating her interest in history and the supernatural, plus four collections of short stories. Her books have appeared in at least twenty-six languages. Barbara’s first novel, Lady of Hay, has sold over three million copies worldwide to date. She lives in Hay-on-Wye.   Author photo © Karolina Webb

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