The Guardian has named Brideshead Castle among its list of Top 10 literary castles and country houses. The list was put together by Helen Maslin as part of the Guardian’s ongoing series on Top 10 Children’s Books. Others selected incude Nancy Mitford’s Hampton, home of Lady Montdore in Love in a Cold Climate, and P.G. Wodehouse’s Blandings Castle, seat of the 9th Earl of Emsworth (and his pigs). More in keeping with the series’ stated theme, Hogwarts Castle from the Harry Potter series is also named. Maslin recently published a children’s book entitled Darkmere. Here’s an excerpt from her description of Waugh’s novel as a book for children (or perhaps young adults):
Brideshead Revisited was a battered favourite among boys I knew when I was in my teens. Although it was never the theological theme of the book that interested them – they, like Charles Ryder, had fallen under the spell of Brideshead Castle and the glamorous Flyte family […] Charles is already entranced with beautiful and charming Sebastian Flyte, when he’s taken to Brideshead […] and admits that although “rapt in the vision” he also felt an ominous chill at the words Sebastian used – not, “that is my house”, but “it’s where my family live”.