SLEEPER’S CASTLE by Barbara Erskine – published today in paperback by HarperCollins!

Today sees the paperback publication by HarperCollins of SLEEPER’S CASTLE – the latest novel by the Sunday Times bestselling author Barbara Erskine.

SLEEPER’S CASTLE returns to the setting of Hay, shared by her much-loved debut novel LADY OF HAY, which was recently republished in a limited hardback edition to mark its 30 year anniversary. Erskine was also presented with an Outstanding Achievement Award by the RNA (Romantic Novelists’ Association) in March this year.


SLEEPER’S CASTLE revolves around two women, centuries apart. One endless nightmare is tearing Wales apart – and only they can stop it.

Hay-On-Wye, 1400 – War is brewing in the Welsh borders, Catrin is on the brink of womanhood and falling in love for the first time. Her father is a soothsayer, negotiating a dangerous game playing on the mixed loyalties and furious rivalries between Welsh princes and English lords. For two hundred years, the Welsh people have suffered under the English yoke, dreaming of independence. And finally it looks as though the charismatic Owain Glyndwr may be the man legend talks of. In the walls of Sleeper’s Castle, Catrin finds herself caught in the middle of a doomed war as she is called upon to foretell Wales’s destiny… And what she sees, is blood and war coming closer…

Hay, 2015. Miranda has moved to Sleeper’s Castle to escape and grieve. Slowly she feels herself coming to life in the solitude of the mountains. But every time she closes her eyes her dreams become more vivid. And she makes a connection with a young girl, who’s screaming, who’s reaching out… who only Miranda can help. Is she losing herself to time?


Barbara will appear at the Charroux Festival in France on 24 August, to talk about her inspiration and her novels spanning the past 30 years. She will also be at the Wrexham Carnival of Words on 6 May.


Praise for Barbara Erskine and SLEEPER’S CASTLE:

 'Barbara Erskine's storytelling talent is undeniable.' - The Times

'The Queen of timeslip epics.' - The Bookseller

'Stephen King meets Ruth Rendell.' – Frank Delaney

‘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


About Barbara Erskine

An historian by training, Barbara Erskine is the author of 14 bestselling novels, beginning with the much-loved classic, LADY OF HAY, which has sold over 3 million copies. She has also published three highly successful volumes of short stories. Her books, which have appeared in 24 languages, demonstrate her masterful storytelling abilities and her fascination with history and the supernatural. She lives with her family in an old police station in Hay-on-Wye.


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