If you've read "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell" you'll know what to expect here: fairy tales where the fairies aren't particularly nice. While they might live at the bottom of your garden there's a good chance they'll steal your children, husband, shiny things, etc. This is a collection of short stories, so if you were interested in Strange & Norrell but were put off by the 800 page investment of time (you lightweight, where's your stamina?) then this might be a gentler introduction to Clarke's wonderfully realised alternative 19th century. Certainly easier to carry anyway.