Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (Paperback)
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OVER 4 MILLION COPIES SOLD WORLDWIDE Shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian First Book Award Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 'Unquestionably the finest English novel of the fantastic written in the last seventy years ... Funny, moving, scary, otherworldly, practical and magical' NEIL GAIMAN The year is 1806. 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 antithesis of Norrell. So begins a dangerous battle between these two great men which overwhelms that 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.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408856888
Number of pages: 1024
Weight: 715 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Unquestionably the finest English novel of the fantastic written in the last seventy years. It's funny, moving, scary, otherworldly, practical and magical, a journey through light and shadow - a delight to read -- NEIL GAIMAN
With all of the whimsy, spark and imagination of Harry Potter and the dry, well-observed wit of Neil Gaiman, Susanna Clarke perfectly conveys all that can be brilliant about British literature and manages to be refreshingly different from either * GUARDIAN *
A highly original and compelling work * SUNDAY TIMES *
Many books are to be read, some are to be studied, and a few are meant to be lived in for weeks. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is of this last kind * WASHINGTON POST *
Full of epic sweep and intimate human drama ... An imaginative treat * DAILY TELEGRAPH *
Ravishing ... superb ... Combines the dark mythology of fantasy with the delicious social comedy of Jane Austen into a masterpiece of the genre that rivals Tolkien * TIME *
Clarke's imagination is prodigious, her pacing is masterly and she knows how to employ dry humour in the service of majesty ... Clarke's giddiness comes from finding a way at once to enter the company of her literary heroes, to pay them homage and to add to the literature, to slot this big fat book into our own libraries of spells. In this fantasy, the master that magic serves is reverence for writing * NEW YORK TIMES *
It is packed with neat, deft touches; peopled with an intriguing and varied supporting cast; linguistically and socially utterly authentic in its evocation of its idiosyncratic version of its chosen era; movingly redolent of the author's affection for both her protagonists; and builds to a resolution that satisfies both logically and poetically * INDEPENDENT *
A sprawling saga about 19th-century frenemy magicians who revive the art of "practical magic" after years of its being merely an academic pursuit ... It's also a book wherein storytelling helps make the meaning: Clarke's pastiche of period styles accentuates her commentary on English identity, and hundreds of footnotes chronicle the history of magic. It's the novel Hogwarts-lit nerds read during their postmodern Pynchon phase * ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY *

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