A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD
CHOSEN AS A BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE THE TIMES, GUARDIAN, OBSERVER, DAILY TELEGRAPH, FINANCIAL TIMES, i PAPER, NEW STATESMAN, SPECTATOR, TIME MAGAZINE, TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, BBC CULTURE, NETGALLEY AND THE CHURCH TIMES
"Susanna Clarke's debut novel Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell was first published in more than 34 countries and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian First Book Award. It won British Book Awards Newcomer of the Year, the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award in 2005. She has created another marvel in Piranesi. Piranesi lives in house which is a central character in the book.
In his notebooks, day after day, he makes a clear and careful record of its wonders- the labyrinth of halls, the thousands upon thousands of statues, the tides that thunder up staircases, the clouds that move in slow procession through the upper halls.
On Tuesdays and Fridays Piranesi sees his friend, the Other. At other times he brings tributes of food to the Dead. But mostly, he is alone. Messages begin to appear, scratched out in chalk on the pavements. There is someone new in the House.
Who they are and what they want is a mystery. Lost texts must be found and secrets must be uncovered. The world that Piranesi thought he knew is becomes strange and dangerous.
This book has been described as a strange lustrous jewel of novel washed up on a forgotten shore. I could not say it better."
The spectacular new novel from the bestselling author of JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL, ‘one of our greatest living authors’ New York Magazine
‘What a world Susanna Clarke conjures into being … Piranesi is an exquisite puzzle-box’ DAVID MITCHELL author of Cloud Atlas
‘It subverts expectations throughout … Utterly otherworldly’ Guardian
‘Piranesi astonished me. It is a miraculous and luminous feat of storytelling’ MADELINE MILLER
‘Brilliantly singular’ Sunday Times
‘A gorgeous, spellbinding mystery … This book is a treasure, washed up upon a forgotten shore, waiting to be discovered’ ERIN MORGENSTERN
‘Head-spinning … Fully imagined and richly evoked’ Telegraph