Novel and TV series Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell gets board game

A board game adaptation of the award-winning alternate history novel and source of the BBC adaptation Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell will be hitting shelves in June next year.

The new game will be published by Osprey Games, designed by Marco Maggi and Francesco Nepitello and inspired by the 2004 novel authored by Susanna Clarke.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: A Board Game sees players compete to become the most acclaimed magician in 19th Century England, while also accumulating enough power to take on the mysterious gentleman with the thistledown hair.

Players must balance social engagements, impressing peers with magical feats, collecting rare books and developing their magical craft.

Clarke’s novel Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell was published in 2004. The alternate history novel is set in England around the time of the Napoleonic Wars, at a time when magic once existed, but has since disappeared from England.

It follows the adventure of two men, Gilbert Norrell and Jonathan Strange as they begin practicing magic. It won the 2005 Hugo Award for Best Novel and was longlisted for the 2004 Man Booker Prize.

The book was adapted by BBC into a seven part series in 2015. 

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