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Susanna Clarke

Susanna Clarke

Susanna Clarke was born in Nottingham in 1959, the eldest daughter of a Methodist Minister. A nomadic childhood was spent in towns in Northern England and Scotland. She was educated at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and has worked in various areas of non-fiction publishing, including Gordon Fraser and Quarto. In 1990 she left London and went to Turin to teach English to stressed-out executives of the Fiat motor company. The following year she taught English in Bilbao.

She returned to England in 1992 and spent the rest of that year in County Durham, in a house that looked out over the North Sea. There she began working on her first novel, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. Published by Bloomsbury in October 2004, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell has attracted much pre-publication praise, including this description from Neil Gaiman:

'Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell is 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, both for the elegant and precise use of words, which Ms Clarke deploys as wisely and dangerously as Wellington once deployed his troops, and for the vast sweep of the story, as tangled and twisting as old London streets or dark English woods. It is a huge book, filled with people it is a delight to meet, and incidents and places one wishes to revisit, which is, from beginning to end, a perfect pleasure. Closing Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell after 800 pages my only regret was that it wasn't twice the length.'

From 1993 to 2003 Susanna Clarke was an editor at Simon and Schuster's Cambridge office, where she worked on their cookery list. She has published seven short stories and novellas in US anthologies. One, The Duke of Wellington Misplaces His Horse, first appeared in a limited-edition, illustrated chapbook from Green Man Press. Another, Mr Simonelli, or The Fairy Widower, was shortlisted for a World Fantasy Award in 2001.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller. It won the Hugo Award for best novel in 2005. It has been shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Guardian First Book Award, was longlisted 2004 Man Booker Prize and is shortlisted for the 2005 British Book Industry Waterstones Literary Fiction Award and the Virgin Books Newcomer of the Year.

Susanna lives in Cambridge with her partner, the novelist and reviewer Colin Greenland.

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Piranesi, September 2020
Hardcover / e-Book
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: A Novel, August 2006
Jonathon Strange & Mr. Norrell, August 2005
Trade Size (reprint)
Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrell, September 2004




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