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									Susanna ClarkeSusanna Clarke
Her first novel Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell establishes Susanna Clarke as a new fantasy writer to watch. The story of two magicians in early nineteenth-century London is a fanciful, absorbing book that promises to gain fans outside the dedicated fantasy audience.

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Fact File

Name:
Susanna Clarke
Current Home:
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Date of Birth:
November 16, 1959
Place of Birth:
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
Education:
B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, 1981

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Clarke's Buzz Book

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								Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Author: 
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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
by Susanna Clarke
In Clarke's ingenious tale, English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory. Now, two magicians -- the reclusive, prideful Mr Norrell and the dashing young Jonathan Strange -- are about to change everything.

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Advice for the Aspiring

"I think some of the most sensible advice I can offer is to read a book called Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande, Clarke told us in our exclusive interview. "It’s not about plot construction or getting published or any of the stuff they put in other books on creative writing (though that stuff can be useful too). Nor is it mystical or spiritual. It’s common-sense advice about writing every day so you build up creative muscles. She was a great believer that anyone, or almost anyone, can learn to write. She wrote her book in the 1930s, but what she says is still as relevant today as it was then."

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An Early Inspiration

Favorite Writers & Reads

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The Complete Chronicles of Narnia
by C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes (Illustrator)
"C. S.Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia were the most important books of my childhood and showed me the sheer delight of escaping into other, more interesting worlds through reading," Clarke revealed in our interview.

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								Emma (Barnes & Noble Classics Series), Author: 
								Jane Austen, Stephen Marcus (Introduction), Steve Marcus (Introduction), Noted by Victoria Blake.

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Emma (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
by Jane Austen, Stephen Marcus (Introduction), Steve Marcus (Introduction), Noted by Victoria Blake
"Emma by Jane Austen is my favourite book. It is the cleverest of books," Clarke told us. "I especially love the dialogue -- every speech reveals the characters’ obsessions and preoccupations, yet it remains perfectly natural." Read our interview to learn more about Clarke's best-loved books, including:

*Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare  by G. K. Chesterton
*Watchmen  by Alan Moore
*Labyrinths  by Jorge Luis Borges
*Quincunx  by Charles Palliser
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