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The Night Rainbow [Paperback]

Claire King
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
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1 Aug 2013

During one long, hot summer, five-year-old Pea and her little sister Margot play alone in the meadow behind their house, on the edge of a small village in Southern France. Her mother is too sad to take care of them; she left her happiness in the hospital, along with the baby. Pea's father has died in an accident and Maman, burdened by her double grief and isolated from the village by her Englishness, has retreated to a place where Pea cannot reach her - although she tries desperately to do so.

Then Pea meets Claude, a man who seems to love the meadow as she does and who always has time to play. Pea believes that she and Margot have found a friend, and maybe even a new papa. But why do the villagers view Claude with suspicion? And what secret is he keeping in his strange, empty house?

Elegantly written, haunting and gripping, The Night Rainbow is a novel about innocence and experience, grief and compassion and the dangers of an overactive imagination.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (1 Aug 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1408841843
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408841846
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 13.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Quirky, elegant and sweet: I loved it! (Joanne Harris)

At once moving and gripping, elegant and spare, The Night Rainbow is a daring novel about a child faced with the baffling world of adult grief. Claire King nails the voice of the child narrator from the first page; Pea is a heroine you won't forget (Maggie O'Farrell)

Emotional and beautifully written, you'll be on tenterhooks throughout (Stylist)

An original, beguiling debut about the consequences of an imaginatively lived life (Marie Claire)

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The Night Rainbow is the story of Pea (Peony to her English mother, Pivoine to her French father), the world she creates to win back her mother's love, and the stranger she trusts to save them both

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86 of 87 people found the following review helpful
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I may be an eighty year old man, but I cried like a baby as I read this beautiful book, because it touched every nerve in my body. I think I write with sensitivity about heart-breaking issues myself, but I know I couldn't have written this.
The narrator is the five-and-a-half year old Pea, aided and abetted (and at times provoked) by her four-year-old sister Margot, and yes, as some reviewers have said, the words used are not the ones you would expect from a five-year-old, but it doesn't matter, because the story is being told for adults, and adults need to have the innocence and the emotions of a little girl translated for them; otherwise they don't take it seriously. So Pea speaks with her heart, and the words appear in a form that adults can understand. And who else could have told this story? The mother is too bound up with her depression, her pregnancy and her worries for the future, whereas little Pea is the one who keeps the show on the road and ultimately finds the way forward not only for herself and her sister but for her mother, her grandmother, Claude and Josette, to say nothing of the new baby who, cleverly, is one of the main characters despite not having been born until nearly the final page.
I would be proud to have written this book, and feel much richer for having read it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, fragile story 12 Jan 2014
By Stella
Format:Paperback
This story, told through the eyes of five-year-old Pea, is told with tenderness and fragility. She stays positive, in the way that children do, even though her whole world is crumbling to pieces around her. She doesn't realise the seriousness of her situation. Her father has recently died and her heavily pregnant mother spirals into depression and has stopped taking care of her daughter. Pea eats what she finds and runs around the meadows of Southern France like a wild child until and elderly neighbour, Claude, and his dog, Merlin, take pity on her and provide her with some care of sorts.
Pea has a four-year-old sister, Margot, who accompanies her on all her adventures. Though the reader realises there is something not quite right about Margot, when the truth is finally revealed, it is incredibly clever and touching at the same time.
There are very few adult novels in which children play an important role, let alone the lead role. Yet Pea wins the reader's heart right at the very beginning and doesn't let go all the way to the end. A lovely and original protagonist.
This book should definitely be recognised for the jewel that it is and deserves to be very widely read.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and moving, if a little sentimental 30 Sep 2013
By BookWorm TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Beautifully written and moving, this novel is easy to read and engaging from the earliest chapters. It is narrated in the first person by five year old Peony, who lives in rural France with her depressed, pregnant mother and her younger sister. Pea is a likeable character and the reader quickly warms to her. I'm not always a fan of first person narrative by children, as it is very rarely done well. I think King does a fine job of it here though - she manages to get the right balance of naivety and insight, and makes the voice realistic without being cloying. Peony comes across as neither too wise nor too stupid, both easy traps to fall into with a child narrator. In fact reading this reminded of what it was like to be and think like a child, which is testament to how successfully the technique works here.

The other characters are well drawn, even the mother who never falls into the realm of cartoon villainy, even through the eyes of a child. She is a potentially a very interesting character, and we don't learn as much about her as we might because of the innocence of the narrator (one of my frequent gripes about first-person-child novels). In fact, we don't really get to know any of the adult characters very well - but that is part of the point and charm of the novel. Small children don't really know or understand even very close and beloved adults, and particularly lonely children like Peony and her sister often live in their own world of imagination. So it's not necessarily a fault of the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get it out of my head. 10 April 2014
By Kelly
Format:Paperback
I read this book on a long holiday last August and I still remember everything about Pea and her struggles. When I look at the cover it brings a smile to my face with fond memories - which have brought me here 8 months later to leave a review. Brilliantly book, unexpected twist (well for me anyway). Great short read. One to keep, will read again when I need to see the world through the eyes of a child, a less scary, care free, uncomplicated kind of world. Look forward to another novel by Claire King.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read 7 April 2014
By Renita
Format:Kindle Edition
Loved this beautiful, sensitive, heartbreaking, heartwarming book. Pea is an incredible character, beautifully realized, an amazing little girl. Some of the bits were hard to read, and I was so angry with her mum, but Pea herself makes us see the world in such a positive light, like children do, she lifts even the worst times with her upbeat nature. Highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars C'est quotidien!
Easy enough to read, there are a couple of doffs to this book being written through the eyes of a child. Read more
Published 4 days ago by RugbyCat
4.0 out of 5 stars very good read,
It is rare to read a story like this from a child's perspective. Well written and captivating. Really enjoyed it.
Published 19 days ago by JulieGav
5.0 out of 5 stars great! Loved it.
Bought this as a christmas present for my mum and one morning went in to see her and she was in tears. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Robyn Pirie
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I had hoped
I was intrigued by the write up of this book so thought I would try it; something different to my usual read. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Mrs M Simmonds
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful, imaginative novel with an enchanting 5-year-old narrator
The Night Rainbow is a charming and unpredictable book, narrated by the very sweet and imaginative Pea, ably assisted by her even more imaginative – and more than a little... Read more
Published 26 days ago by StephanieIsReading
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Published 1 month ago by SallyAnn
5.0 out of 5 stars Would definitely recommend
Loved this book. Found it funny, emotional and great twist at the end. Have recommended to lots of people after reading.
Published 1 month ago by mim
5.0 out of 5 stars simple but beautiful story
The story, a simple one really , unfold like a flower. Lovely...written from a child's perspective but one was totally able to comprehend everyone's point of view
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Elizabeth H. Sheldon
3.0 out of 5 stars Night Rainbow not particularly colourful
Purchased as a book club recommended read. The main character is a whimsical small child who lives a fairly simple life whilst her mother cannot care for her. Read more
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