My most anticipated book of 2020 is..

Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi.

My ex-wife bought me a copy of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell back in 2005 which I read in practically no time at all while we were on holiday in Italy. I absolutely loved it. The use of language, imagination and historical placement was unlike anything I’d read before.

It pushed me to create a blog around it, and to try and find out more info about the movie they were planning. Needless to say, a movie never materialised – the story is just far too big and complex to fit within a single, regular-length film. But a TV mini-series did emerge, and it was so good, I bought a copy of it on nearly every format imaginable (Blu-Ray, iTunes, Google Play, etc.) as a way of saying thank you to the production team, Susanna, Colin, Bloomsbury, and Curtis Brown for all their work and their help and advice over the years.

So to recap: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is bloody marvellous. So bloody great. I love it. It sits directly alongside The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy as my favourite book ever.

So you can imagine that finding out Piranesi was due to be released this year came as both a shock and a wonderful surprise. And I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. You can pre-order a signed copy of the hardback edition at Waterstones for £14.99. Needless to say, already done! But I’ll also be buying the Kindle edition and maybe even another hardcopy edition so that I can keep the signed edition pristine.

It’s extremely rare for me to buy physical books these days because I live in a small cottage which is already full to the brim of books and bric-a-brac (which reminds me, I really must get around to sorting that out – I’m a Norrellite in that regard!), and whenever I travel, I like to have a selection of books on hand just in case. So Kindle has been one of the greatest things I own and use these days. Audible too.

In the mean time, I’m very much looking forward to meeting Mr. Piranesi and exploring his House.

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