- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Format: Paperback | 1024 pages
- Dimensions: 132mm x 194mm x 52mm | 860g
- Publication date: 5 September 2005
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0747579881
- ISBN 13: 9780747579885
- Edition: New edition
- Edition statement: New edition
- Sales rank: 26,473
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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Susanna Clarke lives in Cambridge. This is her first novel.
By a Book Depository customer 10 Dec 2008
"I've really enjoyed this book the three times I have read it. There are only a couple of things I did not like: the format of this edition makes it a bit uncomfortable to read, and the bad Spanish in it :). "El Bueno Granto" is an impossible construction in Spanish, so it kind of shattered the carefully constructed fantasy world for me until I could persuade myself to forget about it *sighs*. The exact same problem "Bel Canto" had...
Other than that, I believe it is a very remarkable first book, and would recommend it to anyone!"
'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