A Brief History of Montmaray - Michelle's Sketches and Maps

When I was planning A Brief History of Montmaray, I drew some sketches and maps to help me figure out the setting. A warning for those who haven't read the book, but plan to do so: the images and comments below contain plot spoilers.

Montmaray Island





Here's my map of the island of Montmaray. The castle is separated from the rest of the island by a narrow stretch of water called the Chasm, which is spanned by a fixed 'drawbridge'. The entire island is about a mile and a half (that is, about two and a half kilometres) long.

Montmaray sketch

Above is a sketch of the castle (yes, Veronica, I know, it's really a 'fortified house'). Very observant Australian and New Zealand readers will notice that the library tower is in the wrong place. This is a sketch I did for my American publisher, to show I'd moved the library from near the gatehouse (in the Australasian edition) to the back of the castle (in the North American edition). The chapel doors and the altar were also swapped around for the American edition, although this isn't visible in this sketch. This architectural rearrangement occurred because I rewrote the final scene in the chapel, to allow Sophie to watch the effect of the bombs through the stained glass window above the altar. This sketch also fails to show the crumbling ruins of the East Wing, which should be visible between the castle wall and the armoury. Also, the kitchen door should be facing the armoury, not the back of the curtain wall. Also, the drawbridge seems to have subsided about five metres, meaning the castle inhabitants would need a ladder to get down to it from the gatehouse arch. It's a good thing they have proper artists to do my book covers.

Montmaray castle plan

Above is a plan of the castle's ground floor and the castle surrounds, consistent with the North American edition of the book. The box with vertical lines inside the chapel is meant to represent the stairs leading down to the crypt. The 'upper' tunnel was used by Sophie and Veronica during their midnight escapade; the 'lower' tunnel was used by Simon, Rebecca, Carlos, Veronica and Sophie towards the end of the book.

A Brief History of Montmaray: The Montmaray Journals Book One © Michelle Cooper
ISBN 978 1 86471 887 4 (paperback)
ISBN 978 1 86471 552 1 (e-book)
Published by Random House Australia in August, 2010

A Brief History of Montmaray © Michelle Cooper
ISBN 978 1 74166 322 8 (paperback)
Published by Random House Australia in June, 2008

A Brief History of Montmaray © Michelle Cooper
ISBN 978 1 74212 196 3 (Australian audiobook on six CDs)
Published by Louis Braille Audio in November, 2008

A Brief History of Montmaray © Michelle Cooper
ISBN 978 0 375 85864 2 (hardcover)
ISBN 978 0 375 95864 9 (Gibraltar Library Binding)
ISBN 978 0 375 89359 9 (e-book)
Published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers in October, 2009

A Brief History of Montmaray: The Montmaray Journals Book One © Michelle Cooper
ISBN 978 0 375 85154 4 (paperback)
Published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers in March, 2011

A Brief History of Montmaray © Michelle Cooper
ISBN 978 0 307 70778 9 (North American audiobook on seven CDs)
ISBN 978 0 307 70779 6 (North American downloadable audiobook)
Published by Listening Library in January, 2010

A Brief History of Montmaray Vintage Classics edition © Michelle Cooper
ISBN 978 1 74275 741 4 (paperback)
Published by Vintage Classics in August, 2012