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A magical love story and a story about the love of magic, set in a fantastical circus in the late nineteenth century where two magicians battle for supremacy.

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.

The black sign, painted in white letters that hangs upon the gates, reads:

Opens at Nightfalll
Closes at Dawn

As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears.

Le Cirque des Rêves

The Circus of Dreams.

Now the circus is open.

Now you may enter.

Reviews

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

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

This is a marvellous book. Playful and intensely imaginative, Erin Morgenstern has created the circus I have always longed for

Audrey Niffenegger

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

Enchanting ... 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

A riveting debut. 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

Dark and dreamy; a captivating love story

Stylist

Lushly imagined, extremely charming and very, very readable

Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday

One of the most beautiful novels of the year

Observer

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

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

Sunday Times

Enchanting and whimsical historical fantasy, this is a delight for the imagination with its breathtaking imagery, intriguing plot, and beautiful writing

Foyles, Books of the Year

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099554790

    June 1, 2012

    Vintage

    512 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781446468265

    October 3, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    512 pages

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