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From the author of the award-winning, internationally bestselling Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, an enchanting collection of stories. Set in versions of England that bear an uncanny resemblance to the world of Strange and Norrell, these stories are brimming with all the ingredients of good fairy tales: petulant princesses, vengeful owls, ladies who pass their time in embroidering terrible fates, endless paths in deep, dark woods, and houses that never appear the same way twice. Their heroines and heroes include the Duke of Wellington, a conceited Regency clergyman, an eighteenth-century Jewish doctor, Mary, Queen of Scots, Jonathan Strange, and the Raven King himself. The Ladies of Grace Adieu is the perfect introduction to a world where charm is always tempered by eerieness, and picaresque comedy is always darkened by the disturbing shadow of Faerie.

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The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories
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4 / 5
January 23rd, 2014
A short story collection is always a gamble, especially one with such discrepancies in style between the stories. But the stories in The Ladies of Grace Adieu are much more hit than miss. I think these short fairy tales could easily be appreciated by readers who haven't read Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, but if you've read that book, the Ladies of Grace Adieu really enriches the world that the original novel takes place in. I personally enjoyed this book immensely and would definitely recommend it. Personally, my favourite story is Mr Simonelli or the Fairy Widower, which I feel shows off the wit and humour of the writer best. If you enjoy a good fairy tale, this book is for you.
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