Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

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Two magicians shall appear in England. The first shall fear me; the second shall long to behold me...Centuries ago, when magic still existed in England, the greatest magician of them all was the Raven King. A human child brought up by fairies, the Raven King blended fairy wisdom and human reason to create English magic. Now, at the beginning of the nineteenth century, he is barely more than a legend, and England, with its mad King and its dashing poets, no longer believes in practical magic. Then the reclusive Mr Norrell of Hurtfew Abbey appears and causes the statues of York Cathedral to speak and move. News spreads of the return of magic to England and, persuaded that he must help the government in the war against Napoleon, Mr Norrell goes to London. There he meets a brilliant young magician and takes him as a pupil. Jonathan Strange is charming, rich and arrogant. Together, they dazzle the country with their feats. But the partnership soon turns to rivalry. Mr Norrell has never conquered his lifelong habits of secrecy, while Strange will always be attracted to the wildest, most perilous magic.
He becomes fascinated by the shadowy figure of the Raven King, and his heedless pursuit of long-forgotten magic threatens, not only his partnership with Norrell, but everything that he holds dear. Elegant, witty and utterly compelling, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell creates a past world of great mystery and beauty that will hold the reader in thrall until the last page.
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Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747579512
  • 9780747579519
  • 1,634,607

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'Unquestionably the finest English novel of the fantastic written in the last seventy years. It's funny, moving, scary, otherworldly, practical and magical' Neil Gaiman 'I found it absolutely compelling. The narrative drive is irresistible and I could not stop reading until I had finished it The author captures the period and its literary conventions with complete conviction. It's an astonishing achievement. I can't think of anything that is remotely like it' Charles Palliser
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About Susanna Clarke

Susanna Clarke lives in Cambridge. This is her first novel.
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