I just finished reading the marvelous Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. This book was a joy to read. As I read, and re-read the book’s final paragraph, I found I had both tears in my eyes, as well as goosebumps up and down my arms.
There were times when I was reading this book when I had to put it down, I was so thrilled with the story, with the writing, with the sheer pleasure of reading it. Do you remember thanking Charles Dickens in your mind for writing Bleak House? You may also wish to thank Susanna Clark after you’ve read Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.
And this is her first novel. Hooray, hooray!