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Time magazine's #1 book of the year - 11 weeks and counting on the New York Times bestseller list - Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award - Longlisted for the Booker prize - A Book Sense pick - People Top Ten Books of the year - Salon.com Top Ten of 2004 - New York Times Notable Books of the Year - Christian Science Monitor Best Fiction 2004 - Nancy Pearl's Top 12 Books of 2004 - Washington Post Book World Best of 2004 - San Francisco Chronicle Best Books of 2004 - Chicago Tribune Best of 2004 - Seattle Times 25 Best Books of 2004 - Atlanta Journal-Constitution Top 12 Books of 2004 - Village Voice Top Shelf - Raleigh News & Observer Best of 2004 - Rocky Mountain News critics' favorites of 2004 - Kansas City Star 100 Noteworthy Books of 2004 - Fort Worth Star-Telegram 10 Best Books of 2004 - Hartford Courant Best Books of 2004 - A New York Public Library Book to Remember from 2004 - 2005 The Book Sense Book of the Year winner (Adult Fiction) - A PSLA Young Adult Top 40 fiction title 2004 Susanna Clarke's brilliant first vel is an utterly compelling epic tale of nineteenth-century England and the two very different magicians who, as teacher and pupil and then as rivals, emerge to change its history. Sold in 21 languages, with a major motion picture from New Line on the way, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is a tour de force that has captured the imagination of readers worldwide.
Susanna Clarke was born in Nottingham, England, in 1959, the eldest daughter of a Methodist minister. She was educated at St Hilda's College, Oxford, and has worked in various areas of nonfiction publishing. She has published a number of short stories and novellas in American anthologies, including Mr Simonelli, or the Fairy Widower, which was shortlisted for a World Fantasy Award in 2001. Susanna lives in Cambridge with her partner, the novelist and reviewer Colin Greenland.