The circus arrives without warning. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Against the grey sky the towering tents are striped black and white. A sign hanging upon iron gates reads: Opens at Nightfall Closes at Dawn. As dusk shifts to twilight, tiny lights begin to flicker all over the tents, as though the whole circus is covered in fireflies. When the tents are aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign lights up: Le Cirque des Reves.
The Circus of Dreams. The gates shudder and unlock, seemingly by their own volition. They swing outward, inviting the crowd inside. Now the circus is open. Now you may enter.
BACKSTORY: Read an interview with Erin Morgenstern about how she invented her circus.
About the Author
Erin Morgenstern is a writer and artist, who describes all her work as 'fairy tales in one way or another'. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts
"This is a marvellous book. Playful and intensely imaginative, Erin Morgenstern has created the circus I have always longed for" -- Audrey Niffenegger "Lush, evocative, dreamlike...a magical, coming-of-age story" * Sunday Times * "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 * "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 * "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 *
Series: Vintage Magic
For Ages: 11+ years old
Number Of Pages: 656
Published: 6th October 2016
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 18.8 x 12.9 x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.48