Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
By Susanna Clarke
Why this book?
I love this book because it’s in my favourite genre, speculative fiction. That said this is fantasy with a difference. Set in England in 1836, the time period is unusual for fantasy and this made me curious. It didn’t seem to come under the heading of “dungeons and dragons” or even urban fantasy; this is entirely in a class of its own. My curiosity led me to a book that, as a reader, I couldn’t put down. The background and characters are superbly drawn and the story is so compulsive that it kept me turning the pages; I had no difficulty in suspending my disbelief and immersing myself in the writer’s wonderful narrative.
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