Susanna Clarke lives in Cambridge. This is her first novel.
Note: Shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award and Guardian First Book Award
The book in one sentence: Extremely long-winded and dull book about some two magicians.
Who would you recommend it to: Fantasy readers who aren’t put off by a 900-page slow-action book.
OK bits: I don’t know. I stopped before the 100-page mark. Well, okay, the bit where Mr Norrell shows his magic to the magicians in the church was not so bad.
Boring bits: The rest of what I’ve read.
Random review quote:
“Unquestionably the finest English novel of the fantastic written in the last seventy years. It’s funny, moving, scary, otherworldly, practical and magical, a journey through light and shadow – a delight to read” — Neil Gaiman
Verdict: One man’s meat, another man’s poison. This is my arsenic, obviously.