Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Paperback Published on: 02/09/2021
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Bookseller Reviews

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What Is Going On?!
The title of my review basically explains what I was thinking throughout most of this amazing book, I devoured it in one sitting and I was thinking about i... READ MORE
Josh - Guildford
The Perfect Book for New Sci-Fi Readers
Piranesi ending up being not what I was expecting in anyway, and yet, I found myself utterly captivated and enthralled by the story. I have wanted to read ... READ MORE
Millie from Waterstones Eastbourne
A very worthy Women’s Prize winner!
Wow, what a book! I am completely surprised by how much I enjoyed Piranesi, which won this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction. I read a few pages last year w... READ MORE
Bella at Tenterden
I'm really not sure where to begin with this review. It's a book like no other. In parts it has the flavour of Somerset Maugham's The Magician, but it's mo... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley
one of the best books I have read in a while
this took me by surprise. I hadn't read Clarke's other works so I went into it with a blind eye but I loved it so much. Her writing is phenomenal along wit... READ MORE
Endless Halls Drowned by the Sea
"Piranesi" is a wonderfully dream-like tale of The House, and the being who resides there, Piranesi, the Child Blessed by The House. A world of endless hal... READ MORE
I am still not entirely sure how to talk about this book without spoiling the utter joy of the reading experience as Clarke slowly unravels the story for t... READ MORE
Poppy Flaxman


Winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction 2021 Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2020 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. The Beauty of the House is immeasurable; its Kindness infinite.

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • ISBN: 9781526622433
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Weight: 190g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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Magical and unnerving
This wasn’t my first read by Susanna Clarke so I knew to expect something magical and otherworldly, but “Piranesi” surpassed my expectations. It isn’t abou... READ MORE
Anna Evans-Wylie
And unconvincing, how is it so highly rated!
Janette Marshall
One of a kind
Having had my eye on this book for quite a while - I just was too much intrigued by its cover - I finally got to read it. I absolutely loved going onto th... READ MORE
Teri Baker
The Mind Palace of the author
Piranesi was a completely different genre of book to my usual fare. Fantasy doesn't normally capture my attention. This book was an exception perhaps bec... READ MORE
Wendy Dalton
Piranesi lives in ‘the House’, an enchanting place which seems equally familiar yet mysterious. A naive and endearing character, he shows an almost relig... READ MORE
Katie Walters
Read this so quickly over Xmas
Simple, yet so deep. Easy to read and so beautiful.
Emma Bailey
excellent read
“Perhaps that is what it is like being with other people. Perhaps even people you like and admire immensely can make you see the World in ways you would ra... READ MORE
I hated it sorry
I loved jonathan strange hence being excited about a new book. I just did not like it at all. I spent the whole time waiting for the point. The book feels ... READ MORE
Sarah Plant
...inventive & truly amazing ..
..Piranesi by Susanna Clarke .. Although I didnt completely understand parts of this novel, I still feel it is an outstanding work of fiction. At some time... READ MORE
david norman
A bit predictable but enjoyable read
I enjoyed reading this book and I am glad I didn't know what it was about when I started reading. It is a light read you can finish in a day or two, but I... READ MORE
Strange and beautiful
Completely unlike anything I've ever read. This totally captivated me and got inside my head. Exquisitely done and quite unforgettable!
Once I started I couldn’t stop. Great idea, all very mysterious and enthralling. Highly recommended.
Ivy Spencer
Fantasy world like no other
It took me a while to get in to the book, I didn’t read any reviews or blurbs so was a little confused but as the pages went on I was hooked! Really is a... READ MORE
Nia ST
Really enjoyed it.
Shorter than Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, but just as good. Wasn't 100% sure exactly what the ending meant though.
Jordan McClements
Distressingly frustrating!
Over-complicated and frustrating book. I’m confused at the level of 5 star ratings this has received. Deary me!
A mindblowing and original novel
Susanna Clarke has a reputation for writing beautiful stories, which is remarkable when you consider that "Piranesi" is only her second novel. Following ye... READ MORE
Wil Carpenter
mysterious and enchanting, like nothing I ever read
t took me a while to write this review, to think about the multitude of this story, condensed in such few pages. This, once again, was recommended by the l... READ MORE
Filipa Mendonca
A book as beautiful as it’s cover.
Do you ever get books solely based on the cover? I do haha! That’s the reason I picked up Piranesi by Susanna Clarke. Although the cover suggests a greek ... READ MORE