Erin Morgenstern

Harvill Secker (an imprint at VINTAGE) is excited to announce the acquisition of the long-awaited novel from Erin Morgenstern, The Starless Sea. Morgenstern’s previous novel, The Night Circus (published in 2011) sold over 3 million copies worldwide and was translated into an impressive 37 languages.

In the UK, the book stormed into the bestseller list on publication, and was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award, the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Galaxy Book Awards. It also spent several months on the New York Times bestseller list. A feature film of The Night Circus is currently in development with Lionsgate, along with a stage play. The Starless Sea contains all the hallmarks of Morgenstern’s critically acclaimed first novel  – magic, mystery and inimitable imagination – and brings them to life in a richly layered and entirely new story.

  • The Night Circus

    Vintage Magic

  • 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 Rêves
    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.

    Discover this amazing fantasy read with a different kind of magic.

    The Starless Sea, the second novel from the author of the The Night Circus, is out now.

    ‘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

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Speaking of the release, Liz Foley, Publishing Director of Harvill Secker, commented: "From the first page of this exhilarating and glorious book I was transported to the unique world which only Erin could have created. I could not let go of Zachary’s story until the very last, intensely moving, page and so many scenes and characters are vividly imprinted in my memory. Erin’s imaginative powers are unparalleled and this is a truly immersive, epic book about storytelling itself. After the wonder of The Night Circus, it’s incredible to have a novel that even exceeds that one in its flair, richness and ingenuity. Nothing else like it will be published next year."

Erin Morgenstern studied theater and studio art at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, graduating in 2000. In addition to writing, she paints,  collects jewellery made from skeleton-keys and loves cats. "When I started working on my new novel," says Erin, "I thought I was writing a book about books but as it turns out I was writing a book about stories.  Stories and choices and change and also time and fate and video games."More information about Erin can be found on her website

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