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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.

Time #1 Book of the Year
Book Sense Book of the Year
People Top Ten Books of the Year
Winner of the Hugo Award
New York Times Notable Book of the Year
Salon.com Top Ten of 2004
Winner of the World Fantasy Award
Nancy Pearl's Top 12 Books of 2004
Washington Post Book World's Best of 2004
Christian Science Monitor
Best Fiction 2004
San Francisco Chronicle Best Books of 2004
Winner of the Locus Award for Best First Novel
Chicago Tribune Best of 2004
Seattle Times 25 Best Books of 2004
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Top 12 Books of 2004
Village Voice "Top Shelf"
Raleigh News & Observer Best of 2004
Rocky Mountain News critics' favorites of 2004

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
June 5
Bloomsbury Publishing
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Customer Reviews

Tudoterrier ,

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Nor tell

After reading this book and comments left in a review by Suzannah Troy, the closest comparison I see to true Nazi style thinking is Ms. Troy's "political correctness." Not only is her thinking vile, manipulative and hateful but also uninformed. If you are a reader that appreciates historical fiction and a writer's imagination, buy this book. Dry in places? Yes. Slow to develop...yes. But completely addicting. Suz I am glad you got a refund. You don't deserve to read this book. Check your brain at the door and drink some more Kool Aid when you request a refund for your Bible, To Kill A Mockingbird, and anything by Mark Twain. I just wish this book had the ability to pass magic onto the reader. I would make Suz's critical thinking skills reappear...

Rebecca Snoot❤️❤️❤️🐱 ,

This book is so slow

I usually never stop reading books, and after I pick it up I almost always finish it. This book is terrible. No offense to the author, but I actually wanna doze off so bad, and it’s just so long and so boring, and I would stop if I could but I’m required to read for English. Rip lol😂 Anyway it might also have to do with the fact that I’m at the beginning but I feel like by now some interesting stuff should be happening. That’s just my opinion... To be honest I don’t recommend it, if you want a good book, better spend your time - and money on something else

MacSteveH ,

Beautifully written

Very definitely not typical modern fantasy writing. If you like reading Elizabeth Gaskell you will probably like this. I thought it was teriffic and hope she writes another someday.

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