Claire King


The Night Rainbow Launch

Posted on: January 4th, 2013 by admin - 15 Comments

On 13th February, the eve of the official publication day for The Night Rainbow, we celebrated with drinks at Daunt Books in Marylebone.

So many friends came over to take part, travelling from across the UK and abroad. Even my best friend from school came, who now lives in Tenerife and who I hadn’t seen in over 20 years, as well as friends I made in my various past jobs, from university, from here in France, fellow Bloomsbury authors and even about 25 friends who I had met on Twitter friends in the last few years, (and who I discovered were just as lovely in real life). The room was packed and alive with conversation and good cheer. It was such a fantastic evening.

The team from Bloomsbury who have been working on The Night Rainbow came along too of course, and my editor Helen made a wonderful, generous and heartfelt speech.

I was quite overwhelmed by the turnout, and spent my entire evening in a scrum of lovely people, exchanging a few greetings and signing books. As expected there wasn’t nearly enough time.

I didn’t take a single photo, but thankfully many others did. Here are some taken by my husband, and I will link to some others shortly…

Thank you!

Many thanks to Bloomsbury and to Daunt for hosting.

Thank you to everyone who came, and made the evening what it was – happy, fun and buzzing.

We drank regional wines from the area where The Night Rainbow is set, and from the year the book was finished (2010) but were also lucky to have a tasting table of regional wines donated by the Maison de la Région Languedoc Roussillon  – Un grand merci à eux!

The French themed canapés were laid on by my lovely friend Kelvin – Thank you!

And thank you everyone who bought books on the night – almost 150 books were sold and I think I signed most of them!


Seen from the other side

Here are some posts from some of the lovely people who came to the launch:

Pete Domican – also includes link to his photo album from the evening, and he’s a great photographer!

Michael Clarke

Isabel Rogers

Joanna Campbell





15 Responses

  1. Looking forward to it. Thanks for the wine heads up too.

  2. This sounds lovely, Claire! Looking forward to it.

  3. janetyjanet says:

    Wot, no Kriter?! Quelle dommage!

    What time were you thinking for the cafe kick-off?

    • claire says:

      Désole. No moules or frites either. But there is vin. Not sure about the café. Will need to consult with Kath, whose clever idea it was!

  4. Penny says:

    Sounds great. Richard (between shows), Molly, Ryan and I hope to join you and are looking forward to it. Not sure of exact time as we have to travel up after school and work. You must be so excited! Love P x

  5. Pete says:

    I hope Daunt has got plenty of books in for Weds. I seem to have become ‘book sherpa’ – 3 copies up to now. Look forward to seeing you next week.

  6. Jacky (talesfromaspace) says:

    Any chance of a little bit of that beautiful French landscape, avec flamingos, in a corner of the room? Would love to come please if it’s not too late and there’s room for one more…

  7. Jacky (talesfromaspace) says:

    Fabulous! Thank you. Will be lovely to see you again and celebrate such a wonderful achievement – can’t wait to read it!

  8. Wonderful evening, a real buzz and friendly atmosphere. Congratulations, looking forward to reading the book.
    Added bonus have spotted hubby in group photo 😉

    • claire says:

      Thank you, Joanna, and thank you for coming! There are some other photos, more portraits, but Mr King is going to ask for permission to post!

  9. Erika says:

    The night was magical.. and it was so lovely finally meeting you after all these years.. and seeing Charlie again.. we must not leave it so long again.

    I am loving The Night Rainbow and have already had to make sure the tissue box is close by.. through a few laughs and some understanding tears.

    So proud of you and as you saw at the launch.. you have so many people who are equally proud too. =)

    • claire says:

      Thank you so much for coming Erika, it was lovely to see you both! Yes, it is a book that needs tissues for many… 😉 xxx

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