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The Essex Serpent Audiobook

The Essex Serpent

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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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  • Christina
    Banbury, United Kingdom
    20/09/16
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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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • clive
    chesterfield, United Kingdom
    18/10/16
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Úna
    13/10/16
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    "For lovers of Byatt and Setterfield"

    A pleasant surprise - absorbing chronicle, beautifully set. Reminiscent of Possession or The Children's Book. Read well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Simple24
    6/12/16
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    "From a coastal essex dweller"
    What made the experience of listening to The Essex Serpent the most enjoyable?

    undulant, woven and muddied


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Essex Serpent?

    living in the area the descriptive notes of the landscape. the period setting. the anatomical references.


    What about Juanita McMahon’s performance did you like?

    cora Seabourne


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    fabulous. well deserved award winner

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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