Susanna Clarke (born 1959) is a British author best known for her debut novel Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2004), an alternate history fantasy. The novel has been published in more than 30 countries. It was the Book Sense Book of the Year, Time Magazine’s #1 Book of the Year, and the winner of the Hugo Award, the Locus Award, and the World Fantasy Award.
At 1,000 pages long, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell is an epic nineteenth-century tale ”combining the extraordinary imaginative skills of Philip Pullman with the witty, gently satirical prose style of Jane Austen”. It portrays the lives of the last two practising magicians in England. In the edges of darkness lurks the shadowy figure of the Raven King, a human child taken by fairies in ancient times, who has become the most legendary magician of all.
Susanna Clarke lives in Cambridge.
Photo: Susanna Clarke at Worldcon 2005 in Glasgow. Photographer: Szymon Sokół. Source: Wikimedia Commons.