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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...
About the Author
Susanna Clarke lives in Cambridge with her partner, the novelist and reviewer Colin Greenland. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell was published as her first novel in 2004. A collection of her short stories, The Ladies of Grace Adieu, was published in 2006.
'Unquestionably the finest English novel of the fantastic written in the last seventy years. It's funny, moving, scary, otherworldly, practical and magical ... Closing Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell after 800 pages my only regret was that it wasn't twice the length.' Neil Gaiman, author
'The language of the book is such a pleasure you'd probably want to go and read it anyway.' Lauren Laverne, BBC Radio 6
'Best novel I've ever read.' Richard Madeley, TV presenter
'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
'I read it years ago and loved it ... They've preserved the scale and majesty of the story ... So you have credible, fully imagined characters recognisably of the same world we inhabit.' Bertie Carvel, played Jonathan Strange in the BBC adaption
'I read the book and loved it. It sort of obsessed me for a while and I felt an affinity with what turned out to be my character, Vinculus. I found the footnotes addictive! If there wasn't one on the next page I would be disappointed.' Paul Kaye