One day soon I’ll review Claire King’s Night Rainbow which was every bit as good as I expected. Set during a long hot summer in France, it would make a perfect summer read. Well it would be great at any time, but since I enjoyed most of it out in the garden, it felt just right for the moment and I thought it would make an ideal birthday present for my Big Sis (Francophile and reader extraordinaire) so off I went to order a copy. But what’s this – the paperback isn’t out until August?!?
Silly old me. I had temporarily forgotten the
utter madness vagaries of commercial publishing. After all the book has been out since Feb and I recently availed myself of a special offer Kindle copy for all of £1.49. With the hardback at £8.57 (I’ve paid more for many paperbacks) it’s not so much the money as the inconvenience. I don’t kn0w anyone who, except in very particular circumstances, would choose to own a novel in hardback.
If anyone can remember why the route of hardback/paperback was ever a good idea, and more crucially why traditional publishers are sticking with it in this day and age, I’ll be happy to be enlightened. Meanwhile, I’m always pleased to get a Kindle bargain, but now feel rather sorry for the tree-book reader who must wait longer than the rest of us to get what he or she wants.
Still, they – and you – can take my word for it that this is a touching story skilfully told of a five-year-old girl left to run wild in the meadows around her home in the company of a strangely bossy younger sister. What will happen when they make friends with the mysterious loner called Claude? Well worth getting hold of, however you do it.