Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Jun 5, 2010 - Fiction - 800 pages
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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.

Another practicing magician then emerges: the young and daring Jonathan Strange. He becomes Norrell's pupil, and the two join forces in the war against France.

But Strange is increasingly drawn to the wild, most perilous forms of magic, and he soon risks sacrificing his partnership with Norrell and 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.

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I don't normally read huge books like this, or books that take place in this kind of setting, or mysteries... so, all I remember is that I got through it, had a sense of it being impressive, and that ... Read full review

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In an alternate England of 1806, at a meeting of theoretical magicians, a visitor asks why the magic of the past is described and discussed but no longer actually done. This elicits ridicule and ... Read full review


The Cinque Dragownes
From The Edinburgh Review
The two magicians
Depend upon it there is no such place
Strange decides to write a book
The curious adventure of Mr Hyde

An opportunity unlikely to occur again
Agentleman with thistledown hair
Lady Pole
The difficulty of finding employment for a magician
The Spirit of English Magic urges Mr Norrell to the Aid of Britannia
The magician of Threadneedlestreet
Heartbreak Farm
How is Lady Pole?
The unaccountable appearance of twentyfive guineas
Sir Walter consults gentlemen in several professions
The PeepODayBoys
The unlikely milliner
The cards of Marseilles
The Knight of Wands
Jonathan Strange
The Shadow House
Another magician
The education of a magician
Orb crown and sceptre
The magicians wife
The Duke of Roxburghes library
At the house of Josť Estoril
The book of Robert Findhelm
Seventeen dead Neapolitans
The King
Place the moon at my eyes
On the edge of the desert
The Nottinghamshire gentleman
All the mirrors of the world
John Uskglass
Prologue to The History and Practice of English Magic
The sky spoke to me
A black lad and a blue fella that ought to mean summat
The Engravings
Wildness and madness
The History and Practice of English Magic
A family by the name of Greysteel
The old lady of Cannaregio
A little dead grey mouse
A little box the colour of heartache
The second shall see his dearest possession in his enemys hand
The Black Tower
The Black Letters
Henry Woodhope pays a visit
Leucrocuta the Wolf of the Evening
Tempest and lies
Tree speaks to Stone Stone speaks to Water
came to them in a cry that broke the silence of a winter wood
The first shall bury his heart in a dark wood beneath the snow yet still feel its ache
Two versions of Lady Pole
The ashes the pearls the counterpane and the kiss
66Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
The hawthorn tree
Strangites and Norrellites
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Susanna Clarke is the author of the The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories and the New York Times bestseller and Hugo Award–winning Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. She lives in England.