Claire King


The Night Rainbow – Hardback Jacket

Posted on: March 19th, 2012 by Claire - 54 Comments

It’s something I’ve waited over a year for. Wondering what, having read my novel, will the designer come up with? Will it capture the spirit of the story? If the characters are represented, will they be as I imagined them? I tried not to engage in picturing what I would do for the cover art, so as not to be disappointed. I’ve seen many of the beautiful jackets Bloomsbury design, and I put my trust in them that they’d ‘get it.’

Still, when I the jacket proposal was emailed to me it made me cry. In a good way.

Since then, in the last two weeks, we’ve bounced ideas backwards on forwards with my editor, my agent and the designer on possible teaks or changes, but in the end we’ve ended up very close to the original proposal. Here is the final jacket, and huge thanks to Holly Macdonald, for taking good care of Margot & Pea:

The Night Rainbow. Hardback jacket

Publication has come forward slightly, so The Night Rainbow will be out in hardback next February. I may have to go and have a lie down now.


54 Responses

  1. Absolutely beautiful! Can’t wait to read it x

  2. Jayne says:

    What a beautifully elegant cover design! I really like it – and love how your name is at the bottom, and the script of the title. Am looking forward to launch day. 🙂

  3. janetyjanet says:


    so very very proud – and that’s just vicariously, so you must be about to pop!

    fabulous xxxxxxx

  4. Congrats! Really attractive cover Claire. One that would have me buying it! Happy tears are the appropriate emotion I’d say!

  5. Pete says:

    Gosh, that’s stunning. Everyone at Bloomsbury seems to ‘get’ this book. ‘Elegant’ really is the word for this. So looking forward to reading it now.

  6. Gilly says:

    What a beautiful book jacket, I would definitely pick this book up for at least a quizzical inspection to see what wonders unfolded in the story … and knowing you wrote it is astounding!! Well done Claire, I can’t wait to read it! xxx

  7. Celine says:

    Oooh, gorgeous, love the girls. How exciting for you.

  8. Beautiful. So pleased for you, Claire. For me, it brings to mind the cover of When God was a Rabbit, and this is a really, really good thing. Enjoy the feeling.

    • claire says:

      Thank you, thank you, thank you! It really does have quite a lot of similarities with the When God was a Rabbit cover doesn’t it?! As you say, not a bad thing!

  9. Nik says:

    Wow! STUNNING! I love it! Huge congrats!

  10. Kath says:

    Oh, yes. I like that a lot. It’s beautiful. I’m getting a kick out of seeing your name on the cover, so I can only imagine how you must have felt when you saw this. Very cool.

    • claire says:

      Thank you, Kath. Funnily enough it feels strange seeing my name on the cover, but the most powerful thing was seeing that the story was well represented. Fair bowled me over!

  11. Kate Brown says:

    It makes me want to reach out and touch it! That can’t be a bad thing.

  12. Catherine says:

    Beautiful!!! You must be so excited. 😀

  13. Peggy Riley says:

    How beautiful! Congratulations!

  14. Charlie King says:

    Being away at work, and all, this seems like an appropriate time and place to mention – loudly and in public – how eye-wateringly proud of you I am. Not just for this, but right here and now, specifically for this.

    It is a fittingly beautiful and intelligent cover for a delightfully beautiful and intelligent book, written by an arrestingly beautiful and intelligent girl.

    This is another happiness in a long string of happinesses, of which you are the author.


  15. I can’t say anything… I’m too moved by Charlie’s comment… *sniff*
    You are lovely and this looks lovely and – Ooh – look at your name all in black and white and everything!

    I am looking forward – so much to getting a real proper copy of this in my sweaty little mits. I’ll never forget the first time I read something by you and held my breath in admiration. And then it happened again.

    Here’s hoping the novel has breathing spaces. GO YOU!

    (Okay… I found some words… Imagine if Charlie hadn’t stunned me into “silence” … )

    Rachel xxxxx

  16. Congratulations! It looks great. Really looking forward to reading it.

  17. D.J. Kirkby says:

    It’s very beautiful! I look forward to reading it even more now!

  18. Claudia says:

    Woohoo, looks fab!! Looking forward to seeing you soon, Soon-To-Be-Famous-Author friend xx

  19. alisonwells says:

    Congratulations! It looks wonderful and I echo all the comments here. And what a beautiful comment by Charlie yes, all the energy behind you from those who care about you and what you have achieved. A lovely moment!

  20. Oooh that wonderful Holly M – she is a genius. It is gorgeous, Claire. xx

  21. martha says:

    Beautiful and otherworldly — love it, well done.

  22. This is really lovely, Claire. I know we’re not supposed to judge a book this way, but people DO. So it’s nice that you’ve got a cover that people will sigh over.

  23. Emma Pass says:

    That is a GORGEOUS cover. Congratulations!

  24. It’s a wonderful cover, Claire! Congratulations 🙂

    And *sniff* over what your lovely husband wrote.

    • claire says:

      Thank you, Marisa! You’re with me every step of the way on this journey, I do appreciate it very much! My husband is fabulous, I’m very lucky. *Tries not to gush*

  25. It’s gorgeous, Claire – quite beguiling – makes me even more impatient to read the book.

  26. Yup – I like it and I would buy it. It has atmosphere, poignancy and a magical ‘feel’ – ticks all my boxes. I often buy books for the cover.

  27. Catherine says:

    It looks beautiful and somehow quiet. Really looking forward to reading your work Claire. What a long wait!

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