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A great book to read during this long, cold winter. Set in the early 1800s, the story follows two magicians and their quest to bring magic back to England. With its many supporting characters and witty tone, the book has been compared to Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. Though not a quick read, this one is worth the time. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell was also recently made into a TV series that will air on BBC America later this year.

“A smashing success…History and fantasy form a beautiful partnership in this detailed, authentic, and heartfelt novel.”—Booklist (starred review)
“An instant classic, one of the finest fantasies ever written.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“What kind of magic can make an 800-page novel seem too short? Whatever it is, debut author Susanna Clarke is possessed by it.”
USA Today