Christmas reading for kids who love secret rooms and ghostly corridors

Anne of Athelhampton and the Riddle of the Apes’ is set in an ancient Dorset manor that kids can visit to follow the clues for themselves

Athelhampton, Dorset, England, 4 November 2021. Christmas reading for kids who love to discover dark passages and secret doors! And a house they can explore to bring the story to life.

Why has Anne been given a pet ape, Endy, as a twelfth birthday gift from her grasping cousin, Young John? Can she solve the riddle before he uses it to accuse their grandmother of harbouring a priest and of witchcraft? Anne and friends Lizzie and Robert search for clues hidden in the walls of her home. Only to discover that she herself is Young John’s target, and that her struggle will lead her into mortal danger…

Author Giles Keating said: “Every single one of the clues that Anne finds are still there, in the 500-year old manor at Athelhampton! So kids can visit and find them for themselves – and discover where they lead to, just as Anne does in the book.”


“Anne of Athelhampton and the Riddle of the Apes” by Giles Keating, illustrated by Noah Warnes, 263 pages, is published by Athelhampton Press. It is available now at:

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Athelhampton House in Dorset is a Tudor manor with about 20,000 visitors a year and is open on most days (for times, see

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