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39 Castles: The White Castle Paperback – 18 Aug 2005
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After the fall of the kingdom, everyone in England has divided into thirty-nine communities, each based within a castle. This is the way that people live now - in a future that seems like the past. Eleanor, one of a secret elite charged with taking on missions for the Clearheart Castle community, has survived adventure and betrayal. But after returning to the castle, she and Mary soon grow bored of waiting for a new mission. When a familiar figure from Eleanor's past re-enters her life, it's the beginning of their biggest and most dangerous expedition yet. Through her discovery of the White Castle, Eleanor discovers what has become of England and is forced to re-evaluate everything she has learned...
About the Author
This is the third book in Matt Thorne's first series for children, 39 Castles. He has also published six adult novels, has co-edited the anthology All Hail the New Puritans, and is a regular reviewer for the Independent, Guardian, Times and Literary Review.
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In an interview with the author I read 'it's only by the time you get to the end of the third one that the whole world comes together'. Well, for me, it doesn't. The ending of the third book made only one thing very clear: this isn't a trilogy, as I first thought. It has, if possible, even more an open ending than the other two books.
I like the castles on the covers of the three books, and I would very much like to know which castles are referred to in the stories. They are supposed to be castles that exist, but I have only managed to work out that the Kingmaker's Castle is Warwick Castle and that the White Castle is the Tower of London. That leaves Clearhart Castle, Greengrove Castle, Kinder Castle, The Daughters' Castle and The Sisters' Castle. A list, even if only on a website, would be much appreciated, Mr Thorne.