Charles Kingshaw is one of the two main characters in I’m the King of the Castle, along with Edmund Hooper. He has also been described as one of the most psychologically accurate child… (read full character analysis)
Edmund Hooper is, along with Charles Kingshaw, one of the two central characters in I’m the King of the Castle. Though Edmund is only eleven years old for most of the novel, he’s… (read full character analysis)
Joseph Hooper is the father of Edmund Hooper: a middle-aged father who, by his own admission, is dull, talentless, and unremarkable in almost every way. Although Hooper is a relatively minor character in the… (read full character analysis)
Helena Kingshaw is the mother of Charles Kingshaw. A middle-aged woman’s who has lost her husband, Helena moves to Warings in part to find work and in part with the hope of finding a… (read full character analysis)
Ellen Hooper is the deceased wife of Joseph Hooper. She dies some six years before the novel begins, and Hill says very little about her. The absence of detail about Helen makes for an… (read full character analysis)
Joseph Hooper Sr.
The elder Joseph Hooper (Joseph Hooper’s father) is described as having been an ambitious merchant who recognized the importance of advancing his social status, and believed that he could do so by building an imposing manor house, even if doing so involved selling all his other assets.
A child who Charles Kingshaw knew when he was five, and who dared Charles to jump into a pool.
A wealthy school friend of Charles Kingshaw.
A boy who Charles Kingshaw knows from school. Charles tries to befriend Fenwick, only to be angrily rebuffed with the words, “Shut up, stupid.”
A student who bullies Charles Kingshaw during his time at school.
A long-time friend of Helena Kingshaw’s.
A prefect at Charles Kingshaw’s boarding school, who makes him sit down on the floor.
A boy who Charles Kingshaw knows from school, and who teases Charles for coming from a working-class family.
A frightening old woman who lives in the hotel where Charles Kingshaw and Helena Kingshaw stay during their time in London.