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Susanna Clarke, The Ladies of Grace Adieu

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Feb. 3rd, 2007 | 08:12 pm

Susanna Clarke, The Ladies of Grace Adieu

I thought the Strange and Norrell universe would suit a short story anthology, and mostly it does. Several of the stories rectify the absence of women in the novel; the title story in particular does this extremely well, and was my favourite in the book, followed by 'On Lickerish Hill', which had two more lovely female characters, two sisters (and a very sweet parson as well, husband to one of the sisters). I was for some reason left unsatisfied by the longest story, 'Mr Simonelli or the Fairy Widower', and at 50 pages, that was a big hole of dissatisfaction. But the book is a delight to read: a beautifully produced hardback and with lovely illustrations.

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