jonathanball_logo



ecommerce_customers

Subscribe-to-our-newsletter

 


The Essex Serpent


Email

the essex serpent
Buy this book here:

Loot

Exclusive Books

Takealot

Raru
The Essex Serpent     

Sarah Perry   


ISBN 9781781255452


The Sunday Times Number One Bestseller.

Overall Book of the Year and Fiction Book of the Year at the British Book Awards 2017 (Nibbies).

Long listed for the 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.

The Waterstones Book of the Year 2016.

Shortlisted for the 2016 Costa Novel Award in 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.

The Author

sarah perry 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 long listed 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.


 

 

 

Extras

Reviews, News & Interviews:

The Essex Serpent is a novel to relish: a work of great intelligence and charm, by a hugely talented author. Sarah Waters

A big, warm, generous novel that wears its considerable wisdom lightly, The Essex Serpent is an absolute pleasure from start to finish - I truly didn't want it to end. Melissa Harrison