Claire King


The Night Rainbow

“Once upon a time there was a little girl with no one to watch over her…”

“A beautiful and beguiling debut, perfect for reading groups.”

“Pea is a heroine you won’t forget.” Maggie O’Farrell

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ISBN: 978-1408841846 (UK Paperback)

The Night Rainbow is available in hardback, paperback, e-book and Audio book editions.

Reading Group Guide

Please see here for the reading group guide for The Night Rainbow.

This guide contains spoilers!


Praise for The Night Rainbow

“Claire King’s debut novel is a vivid and poised piece of work…genuinely affecting.” The Independent

“An original and beguiling debut.” Marie-Claire

“Emotional and beautifully written, you’ll be on tenterhooks throughout.” Stylist Magazine.

” A tale of renewal and of hope. King successfully pitches Pea’s innate optimism against the seemingly dark forces of adult grief, creating a novel of escalating tension” Daily Mail

“It may be filled with the scent of peaches and melons, summer haze and childish thoughts, but The Night Rainbow is neither saccharine nor simple; rather, there’s subtle suspense as you try to second-guess what the adults are up to.” METRO

The Night Rainbow was shortlisted for the Portsmouth First Fiction Award, selected for Tesco’s New Talent spot, and is one of Sainsbury’s ‘Best of Book Club Fiction’It was also longlisted for The Guardian’s ‘Not The Booker’ award and the Waverton Good Reads award 2014.


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“Readers may be reminded of Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time…King’s story of a young child’s quest for a light in the profound darkness of her life reaches deep into the complexities of human consciousness.” Shelf Awareness (click for full review)

“A poetic, engaging story with a slow-burning plot set in the idyllic French countryside … Reminiscent of Myla Goldberg’s Bee Season (2000) and Emma Donoghue’s Room (2010) but decidedly lighter, The Night Rainbow is an ode to childhood resilience … Gorgeously written and deeply heartfelt, King’s novel captures one family’s reaction to and tentative return from seemingly insurmountable tragedy.” Booklist – American Libraries Association 

(Extract from a full review in the Dec 1st 2012 issue)


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Published in English by Bloomsbury and available in all good book stores and as an e-book. A large print version is published by Ulverscroft. – One of The Hoopla’s Top 10 Recommended titles for Mother’s Day (Australia – click for full review) – One of The Hive (UK Independent Book Stores) Top Ten Books for March  – An Editors Pick for February (see Amazon reviews online here)   Translations: Pegasus are publishing in Turkish. Details to follow. Edizioni Piemme are publishing in Italian. Details to follow. Berlin Verlag have published a German edition in hardback and ebook, a paperback is forthcoming May 2015. See Der Nachtregenbogen for details Orlando have published a Dutch edition in paperback and ebook formats. See Een regenboog in de nacht for details. Pascal have published in Poland.    

The Night Rainbow