One of the most distinctive and original voices in contemporary phantasmagorical fiction, Erin Morgenstern’s reputation rests squarely on her bestselling phenomenon The Night Circus. Inspired by works such as Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susannah Clarke and Christopher Priest’s The Prestige, Morgenstern’s debut traces the fortunes of a travelling circus in an alternate Victorian London. Originally drafted during the 2005 National Novel Writing Month – in which budding authors challenge themselves to write a 50,000 manuscript in the month of November – it was published to widespread acclaim in 2011 and rapidly became a bestseller. In addition to The Night Circus, Morgenstern has penned a number of online short stories known as Flax-Golden Tales, in collaboration with the photographer Carey Farrell. Morgenstern’s latest book, The Starless Sea, will be published in November 2019.
One of Waterstones bookseller’s most recommended reads, The Night Circus has been enchanting readers everywhere since its publication in 2011 and is now available for the first time in a beautiful gift edition. Blurring the lines between fantasy and reality at every turn, Morgenstern’s magic realist masterpiece conjures a feast for the imagination in the form of the illusive wonder of the Cirque des Rêves. A travelling carnival of impossible delights, the circus is also the stage for a game of skill, fought between two competing magicians, in which two lovers’ destinies become dangerously entangled. Blending historical mystery and whimsical invention, The Night Circus is a unique and breathtakingly enchanting adventure.