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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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Blending humour, history and fantasy, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is a mesmerising and entertaining tour de force. British author Susanna Clarke’s wildly inventive imagining of two powerful men who revive the practice of magic in 19th-century England—and influence important historical events—is peppered with arch humour, terrific descriptions and unforgettable characters. For her stunning debut, Clarke won the 2005 Hugo Award for best novel, the most prestigious award in sci-fi and fantasy.
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One of the best books I have ever read, easy to get as involved as you want, read every book note or stick to the story, you can take what you want from this book, simply stunning. I was a male aged 24/25 when I first read it so it really has something for everyone.
Honestly, this book is awesome.
Beautifully crafted tale that pulls you in the more you read. Incredible detail whilst retaining the pace required for excitement.
I gave my copy to a friend who in turn gave it to another and so on. It's still out there somewhere!
Seriously. Just read it