Susanna Clarke

The Ladies of Grace Adieu

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From the world of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, the major BBC production.
Faerie is never as far away as you think. Sometimes you find you have crossed an invisible line and must cope, as best you can, with petulant princesses, vengeful owls, ladies who pass their time embroidering terrible fates or with endless paths in deep, dark woods and houses that never appear the same way twice. The heroines and heroes bedevilled by such problems in these fairy tales include a conceited Regency clergyman, an eighteenth-century Jewish doctor and Mary, Queen of Scots, as well as two characters from Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: Strange himself and the Raven King.
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    sinyutinashared an impression5 years ago

    For those who like old style English fairy-tales, others will, perhaps, find it boring.

    b6446905945shared an impression2 years ago
    👍Worth reading

    andhilldaleshared an impression6 years ago
    👍Worth reading
    🌴Beach Bag Book


    prozachas quoted5 years ago
    Above all remember this: that magic belongs as much to the heart as to the head and everything which is done, should be done from love or joy or righteous anger.
    prozachas quoted5 years ago
    Now toasted cheese is a temptation few men can resist, be they charcoal burners or kings.
    Darya Bukhtoyarovahas quoted3 months ago
    And if we honour this principle we shall discover that our magic is much greater than all the sum of all the spells that were ever taught. Then magic is to us as flight is to the birds, because then our magic comes from the dark and dreaming heart, just as the flight of a bird comes from the heart. And we will feel the same joy in performing that magic that the bird feels as it casts itself into the void and we will know that magic is part of what a man is, just as flight is part of what a bird is

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