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Simmering with darkness, adventure, magic and mystery, Piranesi will shock and spellbind like David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology and Madeline Miller’s Circe.

Piranesi will be a publishing event.


Why we love Piranesi


About the book

Piranesi lives in the House. Perhaps he always has.

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 which thunder up staircases, the clouds which 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 and waterlilies 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. But who are they and what do they want? Are they a friend or do they bring destruction and madness as the Other claims?

Lost texts must be found; secrets must be uncovered. The world that Piranesi thought he knew is becoming strange and dangerous.

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
Publication: 15 September 2020
Category: Fiction
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781526622426
RRP: AU $27.99 | NZ $29.99


About the author

Susanna Clarke’s debut novel Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell was published in more than 34 countries and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian First Book Award. It won the British Book Awards Newcomer of the Year, the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award. She is also the author of The Ladies of Grace Adieu, a collection of short stories, some set in the world of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. Susanna Clarke lives in Derbyshire.


Praise for Susanna Clarke


Piranesi is a gorgeous, spellbinding mystery that gently unravels page by page. Precisely the sort of book that I love wordlessly handing to someone so they can have the pleasure of uncovering its secrets for themselves. This book is a treasure, washed up upon a forgotten shore, waiting to be discovered.’—Erin Morgenstern, The Starless Sea & The Night Circus

Piranesi astonished me. It is a miraculous and luminous feat of storytelling, at once a gripping mystery, an adventure through a brilliant new fantasy world, and a deep meditation on the human condition: feeling lost, and being found. I already want to be back in its haunting and beautiful halls!’—Madeline Miller, Circe


‘Unquestionably the finest English novel of the fantastic written in the last seventy years. It’s funny, moving, scary, otherworldly, practical and magical … Closing Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell after 800 pages my only regret was that it wasn’t twice the length’—Neil Gaiman

‘This is, in both the precise and the colloquial sense, a fabulous book’—Sunday Times

‘I loved the book’—George R.R. Martin

‘Clarke’s imagination is prodigious, her pacing is masterly and she knows how to employ dry humour in the service of majesty’—New York Times

‘Ravishing … superb … Combines the dark mythology of fantasy with the delicious social comedy of Jane Austen into a masterpiece of the genre that rivals Tolkien’—TIME

‘Best novel I’ve ever read’—Richard Madeley, Richard & Judy


An unmissable campaign

This is the novel fans have been waiting 15 years for. It will be backed by Bloomsbury’s biggest Fiction Campaign of Spring 2020.

  • Extensive run of gorgeous super proofs available for booksellers, media and literary influencers
  • A global Netgalley campaign has already begun driving consumer reviews and word-of-mouth
  • Eye-catching POS will be available, including: window clings, metallic posters and tote bags
  • An astonishing publicity campaign will build to, through and from publication, including a major author interview with Susanna Clarke to run in one of Australia’s leading broadsheets. Reviews, word-of-mouth mentions and discursive features across the media will drive buzz into to the key Christmas period
  • Partnership with Better Reading promoting the book to their community of booklovers
  • Print advertising with key publications such as Australian Women’s Weekly and Good Weekend
  • Targeted social media and YouTube advertising, utilising a high spec book trailer
  • A large suite of digital assets will be available for all retailers

Enter the house

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