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  • Published: 1 June 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099554790
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528
  • RRP: $19.99

The Night Circus




A magical love story set to be the publishing sensation of 2011

In 1886 a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, the Cirque des Rêves delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire. There are contortionists, performing cats, carousels and illusionists - all the trappings of an ordinary circus. But this is no conventional spectacle. Some tents contain clouds, some ice. The circus seems almost to cast a spell over its aficionados, who call themselves the rêveurs - the dreamers. And who is the sinister man in the grey suit who watches over it all? Behind the scenes a dangerous game is being played out by two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who, at the behest of their masters, are forced to test the very limits of the imagination - and of love. A feast for the senses, a fin-de-siècle fantasia of magic and mischief, and the most original love story since The Time Traveller's Wife, The Night Circus is an extraordinary blend of fantasy and reality. It will dazzle readers young and old with its virtuoso performance, and who knows, they might not want to leave the world it creates.

  • Pub date: 1 June 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099554790
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Erin Morgenstern

Erin Morgenstern is the author of The Night Circus, a bestseller that has been sold around the world and translated into thirty-seven languages. She has a degree in Theatre from Smith College, an ever-growing collection of jewellery made from skeleton keys, and a cat on her lap. She lives in Massachusetts.


www.erinmorgenstern.com

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Praise for The Night Circus

“Lush, evocative, dreamlike...a magical, coming-of-age story”

Sunday Times

“Dark and dreamy; a captivating love story”

Stylist Magazine

“Deliciously inventive... Don't imagine this is a light, frothy tale. For all her humorous touches, Morgernstern...has produced something darker than night”

Mary Crockett, Scotsman

“Dazzling”

Marie Claire

“The only response to this novel is simply: wow. It is a breathtaking feat of imagination, a flight of fancy that pulls you in and wraps you up in its spell”

The Times

“An extraordinary blend of dream and nightmare will take you on a magical journey”

Viv Groskop, Red Magazine

“Charming, magical, mysterious, enthralling”

Daily Mirror

“Lushly imagined, extremely charming and very, very readable”

Scotland on Sunday

“The Night Circus made me happy. Playful and intensely imaginative, Erin Morgenstern has created the circus I have always longed for. This is a marvelous book”

Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife

“Morgenstern displays a conjurer's dexterity as she develops her tale, and you'd need a heart of stone not to melt at the melodramatic denouement”

Daily Mail

“The Night Circus pulls you into a world as dark as it is dazzling, fully-realized but still something out of a dream. You will not want to leave it”

Téa Obreht, author of The Tigerâ??s Wife

“Pure pleasure... Erin Morgenstern is a gifted, classic storyteller, a tale-teller, a spinner of the charmed and mesmerizing - I had many other things I was supposed to be doing, but the book kept drawing me back in and I tore through it. You can be certain this riveting debut will create a group of rêveurs all its own”

Aimee Bender, author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

“Every once in awhile you find a novel so magical that there is no escaping its spell. The Night Circus is one of these rarities - engrossing, beautifully written and utterly enchanting. If you choose to read just one novel this year, this is it”

Danielle Trussoni, author of Angelology

“'Dark as soot and bright as sparks,' The Night Circus still holds me willingly captive in a world of almost unbearable beauty. This is a love story on a grand scale: it creates, it destroys, it ultimately transcends. Take a bow, Erin Morgenstern. This is one of the best books I have ever read”

Brunonia Barry, author of The Lace Reader

“The Night Circus is a gorgeously imagined fable poised in the high latitudes of Hans Christian Anderson and Oscar Wilde, with a few degrees toward Hesse's Steppenwolf for dangerous spice. The tale is masterfully written and invites allegorical interpretations even as its leisurely but persistent suspense gives it compelling charm. An enchanting read”

Katherine Dunn, author of Geek Love

“This 19th-Century Anglo-American costume drama about two star-crossed lovers in a fantastical travelling circus is as dreamlike and magical as its setting”

Guardian

“I'm not often lost for words, but I'm struggling to find the words to describe just how good this book is and how it made me feel, so I'll just say this: if you are only able to read one book for the rest of your life, make sure it is The Night Circus. You won't regret it”

The Book Bag

“This must be one of the most beautiful novels of the year. Its die-cut cover, black-edged pages and intricate endpapers attest to the publisher's hopes that Erin Morgenstern's magically minded debut will secure the vast audience left bereft by the conclusion of the Harry Potter chronicles”

Observer

“The narrative is deft and satisfying, and the author's talent is intriguing”

Times Literary Supplement

“Enchanting, and affecting... I was compelled by the world itself - by its saturated colours and textures, its unexpected smells and tastes. It is a surprisingly rare thing in fiction - a strikingly beautiful world, in spite of its darkness”

Claire Messud, Guardian

“Morgenstern's writing, when it comes to magical creations, is delectable, addictive stuff...[it] leaves a tang of smoky caramel in the air as it ends, and an undeniable urge to go to the circus”

Sunday Times

“A beguiling, gripping read... Morgenstern has crafted a thrilling and transporting tale”

The Economist

“Extraordinary, atmospheric, a mind-spinning story”

Woman & Home

“A novel whose rapt chronicling of the adventures of a band of dreamers as they followed a magical travelling circus earned favourable comparisons to Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, and JK Rowling’s various accounts of the fortunes of Harry Potter”

Sunday Times

“This week's hot read...I loved this book and didn't want it to end... Totally absorbing and beautifully descriptive, it created a whole world I couldn't help but get lost in, especially the slow-burning love story between the two main characters, who are both sorcerers”

Deborah Hughes, Woman Magazine

“Enter the magical world of a mysterious travelling circus”

Heat

“The new One Day... Erin Morgenstern is the talk of the literary world and we hear The Night Circus will be the next big thing. Set in a mysterious, monochrome circus the book centres on two young magicians who begin to fall in love”

Claire Williams, Essentials

“Fantasy blends seamlessly with reality and I ended up having to use words like this: enchanting”

Kate Saunders, Saga Magazine

“Erin Morgenstern's astonishingly vivid imagination made the unbelievable believable...in other words I fell for it all... There is illusion and delusion, shape-shifting, manipulation and deceit, misdirection and more often than not all is definitely not what it seems as the story unfolds, and if you are as unforgiving as I am of entire books written in the present tense, in this case, as you read you will see why it is necessary. The present tense embraces shifting time whether past or future, it is actually always the present ..see I can hardly make sense of it myself, you need to read it to see how well it works. And yes, I was enchanted, and I did run away with the circus as young Bailey does, and as I closed the book of course I came back to reality gently wondering whether I was supposed to be thinking, how long before Bailey meets Mr Barnum”

Dovegreyreader

“An enchanting tale of forbidden love, set against the spectacular backdrop of the circus”

Press Association

“A recommendation by Audrey Niffenegger...should ensure this amazing debut novel gets the attention it deserves”

Viv Groskop, Voyager

“Fantasy lovers, here comes Harry Potter for grown-ups... The story is already en-route to Hollywoood so snap up the original tale first”

Claire Rees

“It is rich, evocative, compelling, enchanting, whimsical, breath-taking, playful, imaginative, marvellous, and quite simply beautiful in every single way. I love it”

Emily Hirschmann, Pocketful of Rye

“An epic fantasy novel, which will leave you craving a sequel. Morgenstern creates an entire world of mystery and wonder… With complex and intriguing characters, an interwoven and completely satisfying storyline, and unrivalled imagination bursting through the seams, The Night Circus ticks all the right boxes, and guarantees to keep you captivated and mesmerised from the first page to the last.”

Lauren Molyneux, Live Magazines

“A novel whose rapt chronicling of the adventures of a band of dreamers as they followed a magical travelling circus earned favourable comparisons to Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, and JK Rowling’s various accounts of the fortunes of Harry Potter”

Sunday Times


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