In Susanna Clarke’s fabulous fantasy novel, two rival magicians’ secret dabblings with the dark arts cause more trouble than they could have imagined.

The year is 1806. England is beleaguered by the long war with Napoleon. But a new conflict has arisen - a dangerous battle between two great magicians. The reclusive Mr Norrell, whose displays of magic send a thrill through the country, is challenged by the brilliant novice Jonathan Strange, who is young, handsome and daring - the antithesis of his older rival. Their struggle for supernatural supremacy soon overwhelms the one between the warring nations…

The Man Booker Prize 2004
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Susanna Clarke

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As if by magic, Susanna Clarke’s publishers knew the supernatural tale Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell would be a huge success, printing 250,000 copies before it was even published.
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