Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: A Novel (Paperback)
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is the best possible combination of Charles Dickens' characters and scope, Jane Austen's social wit, and Neil Gaiman's impressive magic. English magicians have studied the dry history of their craft for a long time—often engaging in amusing scholarly debates—but Mr. Norrell and his dashing student Strange, bring real magic back to England with startling consequences. The lines between real late 18th century events and Clarke's invented history blend seamlessly to create a striking atmosphere with a whole host of unforgettable characters: obnoxious social climbers, terrifying fairy gentlemen, brave young ladies, and the mysterious king of Northern England mingle with the likes of Lord Wellington and King George. This debut novel is so rich in historical detail and sharp humor that you'll never want to put it down.
~Sarah— From Sarah
In the Hugo-award winning, epic New York Times Bestseller and basis for the BBC miniseries, two men change England's history when they bring magic back into the world.
In the midst of the Napoleonic Wars in 1806, most people believe magic to have long since disappeared from England - until the reclusive Mr. Norrell reveals his powers and becomes an overnight celebrity.
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. He becomes Norrell's student, and they join forces in the war against France. But Strange is increasingly drawn to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic, straining his partnership with Norrell, and putting at risk everything else he holds dear.
Susanna Clarke's brilliant first novel is an utterly compelling epic tale of nineteenth-century England and the two magicians who, first as teacher and pupil and then as rivals, emerge to change its history.
About the Author
Susanna Clarke was born in Nottingham, England, in 1959, the eldest daughter of a Methodist minister. She was educated at St Hilda's College, Oxford, and has worked in various areas of nonfiction publishing. She has published a number of short stories and novellas in American anthologies, as well as her own most recent collection of short stories entitled "The Ladies of Grace Adieu, and Other Stories."
"This novel took 10 years to research and write, according to publicity material; for readers at least, the author's arduous task results in a smashing success--it's an exceptionally compelling, brilliantly creative, and historically fine-tuned piece of work. The brilliance of the novel lies in how Clarke so completely and believably creates a world within a world..." - Booklist, starred review
"Clarke's imagination is prodigious, her pacing is masterly and she knows how to employ dry humor in the service of majesty." - The New York Times
"The most sparkling literary debut of the year." - Salon
"An instant classic, one of the finest fantasies ever written." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review