Accompany Edward Clarington on a seemingly innocuous task to help an old friend in Spain sort out his papers, and enter into a journey of twists and turns, labyrinths, hidden places and wartime secrets. A castle on the Rhine will take the reader on an exotic journey through the music of Wagner, German literature and legend, and more than a little political intrigue from the Second World War. Flung together are characters who cannot possibly have anything in common, (and in fact the links are not finally made until the turn of the last page) leaving the reader to confirm whether their suspicions have been correct all along. A Castle on the Rhine is a feast of all things good about German music and literature, and will undoubtedly entertain Wagner fans. But underlying this tapestry of music and literature, there is a hidden and dark tale which dates back to the Germany of the '30s and the Second World War. A compelling story which will leave the reader guessing until the very last page is turned.
Charles Kernow was born on the Cornish coast and grew up there when Methodism was still a vibrant force. He subsequently converted to Catholicism, trained for the priesthood at a Jesuit College but entered the Benedictine order. He later left the Roman Catholic Church and studied linguistics at a post-graduate level. He has a deep love of Wagner’s mature operas. Charles Kernow has lived in Spain since 1987.
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