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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
It was nominated for four BAFTA awards and recognised by the British Film Institute as one of the top ten most important television programmes of Set in England during the Napoleonic Wars at the beginning of the 19th century, the series presents an alternative history where magic is widely acknowledged, but rarely practiced. Meanwhile, Jonathan Strange Bertie Carvel meets Vinculus Paul Kaye , a street magician, while attempting to find a respectable profession, as demanded by his love Arabella Charlotte Riley. Strange is told by Vinculus that he is destined to be a great magician and so he begins to study magic. Co-Production Countries were Canada The series premiered in the UK on 17 May
The year is and the country is England. The Napoleonic wars are raging in France and magic, an academic subject only, is no longer practised. A street peddler foretells of a prophesy of the return of magic to England, which has been dead since the disappearance of the Raven King some three hundred years ago. Enter Mr Norrell, his magical displays enchant the nation, he raises fair maidens from the dead and sends ghost ships to battle the French. Enter Jonathan Strange, a young man who appears to challenge Mr Norrell's status.
Published in , it is an alternative history set in 19th-century England around the time of the Napoleonic Wars. Its premise is that magic once existed in England and has returned with two men: Gilbert Norrell and Jonathan Strange. It has been described as a fantasy novel, an alternative history, and a historical novel. It inverts the Industrial Revolution conception of the North-South divide in England : in this book the North is romantic and magical, rather than rational and concrete. The narrative draws on various Romantic literary traditions, such as the comedy of manners , the Gothic tale , and the Byronic hero. The novel's language is a pastiche of 19th-century writing styles, such as those of Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. Clarke describes the supernatural with careful detail.