Susanna Clarke returns with an enchanting collection brimming with all the ingredients of good fairy tales: petulant princesses, vengeful owls, ladies who pass their time by embroidering terrible fates; endless paths in the deep, dark woods; and houses that never appear the same way twice. The heroines and heroes who must grapple with these problems include the Duke of Wellington; a conceited Regency clergyman; an 18th-century Jewish doctor; and Mary, Queen of Scots; as well as Jonathan Strange and the Raven King.
The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories introduces readers to a world where charm is always tempered by eeriness, and picaresque comedy is always darkened by the disturbing shadow of magic.
from Fantasy Book Review
A book of short stories from the Author of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell may seem a departure of sorts after writing what is after all a tome (and a half), however, there has been no compromise here in Clarke’s lyrical writing style or her talent for storytelling, instead we find a book of eight very grown up fairy tales that act as a delicious late night snack to the main course that was her first novel. Just because this is a shorter book does not mean there has been any short changing of the reader where detail is concerned. Here you will find footnotes aplenty and a rather wonderful introduction from a Professor of Sidhe (Faerie) studies. The introduction serves not only to explain a little of the world of Faerie but to remind the reader of certain characters found in Clarke’s bestseller that can be found once again in this book such as Jonathan Strange (The Ladies of Grace Adieu) and the Raven King (John Uskglass and the Cumbrian Charcoal Burner). Other characters to be found include none other that Mary, Queen of Scots and a number of dark, macabre and not un-Brother’s-Grim-like characters that serve to shock and entertain in equal measure.
Narrated by Simon Prebble and Davina Porter
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