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The Essex Serpent

The Essex Serpent (Paperback)

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THE WATERSTONES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2016 #1 BESTSELLING FICTION HARDBACK CHRISTMAS 2016 SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2016 COSTA NOVEL AWARD OVER 100,000 HARDBACKS SOLD London 1893. When Cora Seaborne's controlling husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness. Along with her son Francis - a curious, obsessive boy - she leaves town for Essex, in the hope that fresh air and open space will provide refuge. On arrival, rumours reach them that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming lives, has returned to the coastal parish of Aldwinter. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist with no patience for superstition, is enthralled, convinced that what the local people think is a magical beast may be a yet-undiscovered species. As she sets out on its trail, she is introduced to William Ransome, Aldwinter's vicar, who is also deeply suspicious of the rumours, but thinks they are a distraction from true faith.

As he tries to calm his parishioners, Will and Cora strike up an intense relationship, and although they agree on absolutely nothing, they find themselves at once drawn together and torn apart, affecting each other in ways that surprise them both. The Essex Serpent is a celebration of love, and the many different shapes it can take.

Fiction & PoetryClassic fiction pre 1945Fiction & PoetryHistorical FictionFiction & PoetryRomanceErotic FictionHistorical romanceFiction & PoetryRomanceRomance Publisher: Profile Books Ltd Publication Date: 20/04/2017 ISBN-13: 9781781255452  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Sarah Perry was born in Essex in 1979. She has a PhD in creative writing from Royal Holloway, and has been the writer in residence at the Gladstone Library and the UNESCO World City of Literature Writer in Residence in Prague. Her first novel, After Me Comes the Flood, was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Folio Prize, and won the East Anglian Book of the Year Award in 2014. She lives in Norwich.

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If richly textured embroidery could come to life – the figures within it moving and changing, the colours shimmering, darkening at the touch of a hand or the brush of two passing souls in the night – I might come close to a metaphor for reading The Essex Serpent. But why bother with a metaphor, when you can just read this startling, sumptuous book for yourself?

Marion, Charing Cross Road


Read an interview with the author here

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 07/11/2016

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