Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell – Susanna Clarke
The year is 1806. England is beleaguered by the long war with Napoleon, and centuries have passed since practical magicians faded into the nation’s past. But scholars of the this glorious history discover that one remains: the reclusive Mr Norrell, whose displays of magic send a thrill through the country. Yet the cautious, fussy Norrell is challenged by the emergence of another magician: the brilliant novice Jonathan Strange. So begins a dangerous battle between these two great men.