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Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

Susanna Clarke

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ISBN 10: 1582344167 / ISBN 13: 9781582344164
Published by Bloomsbury, New York, 2004
Condition: As New Hardcover
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A fine first edition, first impression, first printing, signed copy of Susanna Clarke's fantasy novel Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell in the black first state dust jacket, published in New York in 2004, two weeks earlier than the UK version. Neil Gaiman wrote that Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is unquestionably the finest English fantasy novel written in the last seventy years. A journey through light and shadow set in the time of Wellington when England needs the magic worked throughout the vast sweep of the story. Susanna Clarke won the World Fantasy Award - the Hugo Award - in 2005 for this novel, a highly praised mixture of historical realism and fantasy, providing an alternative history of England around the Napoleonic wars. The fine (as new and unread) book has black cloth covers, gold titles on the spine, no marker ribbon, red end papers and all edges are white, with the lead edge untrimmed as usual. The tight, bright book has no marks, bumps or writings over its 782 pages, other than Susanna Clarke's signature on the title page. The fine black dust jacket with the price in US dollars, is not price clipped, has no blemishes and has white titles on the cover and spine with an image of a white raven. The book has black and white illustrations throughout by Portia Rosenberg. The complete number line 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 is displayed as well as the First U.S. Edition 2004. There is a notable difference between the young portrait of Susanna Clarke on the inside of the dust jacket of the UK edition compared to the more sophisticated photo in the American edition.A seven part drama series of the bestselling novel will screen on BBC One in May & June 2015. The movie rights had been sold to Time Warner's New Line Cinema, producer of JRR Tolkien movies. Clear removable archival film protects the dust wrapper. Bookseller Inventory # 000142

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Title: Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

Publisher: Bloomsbury, New York

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Portia Rosenberg

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Synopsis:

English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

But at Hurtfew Abbey in Yorkshire, the rich, reclusive Mr Norrell has assembled a wonderful library of lost and forgotten books from England's magical past and regained some of the powers of England's magicians. He goes to London and raises a beautiful young woman from the dead. Soon he is lending his help to the government in the war against Napoleon Bonaparte, creating ghostly fleets of rain-ships to confuse and alarm the French.

All goes well until a rival magician appears. Jonathan Strange is handsome, charming, and talkative-the very opposite of Mr Norrell. Strange thinks nothing of enduring the rigors of campaigning with Wellington's army and doing magic on battlefields. Astonished to find another practicing magician, Mr Norrell accepts Strange as a pupil. But it soon becomes clear that their ideas of what English magic ought to be are very different. For Mr Norrell, their power is something to be cautiously controlled, while Jonathan Strange will always be attracted to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic. He becomes fascinated by the ancient, shadowy figure of the Raven King, a child taken by fairies who became king of both England and Faerie, and the most legendary magician of all. Eventually Strange's heedless pursuit of long-forgotten magic threatens to destroy not only his partnership with Norrell, but everything that he holds dear.

Sophisticated, witty, and ingeniously convincing, Susanna Clarke's magisterial novel weaves magic into a flawlessly detailed vision of historical England. She has created a world so thoroughly enchanting that eight hundred pages leave readers longing for more.

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It's 1808 and that Corsican upstart Napoleon is battering the English army and navy. Enter Mr. Norrell, a fusty but ambitious scholar from the Yorkshire countryside and the first practical magician in hundreds of years. What better way to demonstrate his revival of British magic than to change the course of the Napoleonic wars? Susanna Clarke's ingenious first novel, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, has the cleverness and lightness of touch of the Harry Potter series, but is less a fairy tale of good versus evil than a fantastic comedy of manners, complete with elaborate false footnotes, occasional period spellings, and a dense, lively mythology teeming beneath the narrative. Mr. Norrell moves to London to establish his influence in government circles, devising such powerful illusions as an 11-day blockade of French ports by English ships fabricated from rainwater. But however skillful his magic, his vanity provides an Achilles heel, and the differing ambitions of his more glamorous apprentice, Jonathan Strange, threaten to topple all that Mr. Norrell has achieved. A sparkling debut from Susanna Clarke--and it's not all fairy dust. --Regina Marler

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