Two magicians shall appear in England. The first shall fear me; the second shall long to behold me...
The year is 1806. England is beleaguered by the long war with Napoleon, and centuries have passed since practical magicians faded into the nation's past. But scholars of this glorious history discover that one remains: the reclusive Mr Norrell whose displays of magic send a thrill through the country.
Proceeding to London, he raises a beautiful woman from the dead and summons an army of ghostly ships to terrify the French. Yet the cautious, fussy Norrell is challenged by the emergence of another magician: the brilliant novice Jonathan Strange. Young, handsome and daring, Strange is the very opposite of Norrell.
So begins a dangerous battle between these two great men, which overwhelms the one between England and France. And their own obsessions and secret dabblings with the dark arts are going to cause more trouble than they can imagine.
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I watched the BBC mini-series first and they inspired me to read this book, I read a Library item, but was in a hurry to return it as I had to travel, so now I purchased my own copy to read it slowly and enjoy. It is so well written and the plot is so interesting I never felt bored with it even once, even though it's a pretty thick book. It has enough action and dynamism and careful observations of characters and events. The world that is created in a novel is a complex and amazing mix of historical facts and fantasy.
'An elegant and witty historical fantasy which deserves to be judged on its own (considerable) merit' Sunday Telegraph 'Full of spells, bad weather, statues that talk, haunted ballrooms and sinister gentlemen with thistledown hair ... be enchanted! *****' Elle 'A nourishing, 19th-century-style novel that will warm readers through any number of dark and stormy nights ... Clarke makes her magical story ridiculously engrossing' Daily Telegraph 'This is, in both the precise and the colloquial sense, a fabulous book ... a highly original and compelling work' Sunday Times
Number Of Pages: 1024
Published: 1st September 2005
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 6.0
Weight (kg): 0.67
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition