London 1893: When Cora Seaborne and her son Francis reach Essex, rumours spread from further up the estuary 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 is enthralled, convinced that it may be a previously undiscovered species.
As she sets out on its trail she meets William Ransome, Aldwinter's vicar. They find themselves inexorably drawn together and torn apart, eventually changing each other's lives in ways entirely unexpected.
©2016 Sarah Perry (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd
"One of the most memorable historical novels of the past decade." (Sunday Times)
"The Essex Serpent is a novel to relish: a work of great intelligence and charm, by a hugely talented author." (Sarah Waters)
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"An Authentic Voice"
Beautifully written, with fully fledged characters, a wholly believable plot and the perfect narrator, makes this book stand head and shoulders above the crowd. Sarah Perry has a gift, a special gift that means she really can paint pictures, induce smells, bring forth the tactile nature of her novels like few others can. I just loved it.
"Beautifully written and not at all grim"
A great novel. I was expecting worthy but a bit grim but actually it was beautifully written and life affirming. Highly recommended.
"For lovers of Byatt and Setterfield"
A pleasant surprise - absorbing chronicle, beautifully set. Reminiscent of Possession or The Children's Book. Read well.
"From a coastal essex dweller"
undulant, woven and muddied
living in the area the descriptive notes of the landscape. the period setting. the anatomical references.
fabulous. well deserved award winner
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