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The Essex Serpent: A Novel by [Perry, Sarah]
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“A blissful novel of unapologetic appetites, where desire and faith mingle on the marshes, but friendship is the miracle. Sarah Perry has the rare gift of committing the uncommittable to prose -- that is to say: here is a writer who understands life.” (Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist)

“At once numinous, intimate and wise, The Essex Serpent is a marvellous novel about the workings of life, love and belief, about science and religion, secrets, mysteries, and the complicated and unexpected shifts of the human heart…It is so good its pages seem lit from within.” (Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk)

“For originality, richness of prose and depth of characterization is unlikely to be bettered this year ... one of the most memorable historical novels of the past decade.” (Sunday Times (London))

“Confident, intelligent and original storytelling -- I was seduced by the many charms of The Essex Serpent.” (Laline Paull, author of The Bees)

“A work of great intelligence and charm, by a hugely talented author.” (Sarah Waters, author of Fingersmith)

“Had Charles Dickens and Bram Stoker come together to write the great Victorian novel, I wonder if it would have surpassed The Essex Serpent? Sarah Perry establishes herself as one of the finest fiction writers working in Britain today.” (John Burnside)

“A suspenseful love story… The Essex Serpent recalls variously the earthiness of Emily Brontë, the arch, high-tensile tone of Conan Doyle, the evocation of time and place achieved by Hilary Mantel and Sarah Waters and the antiquarian edgelands horror of M. R. James.” (New Statesman)

“A thing of beauty inside and out…A stunning achievement, one for which I predict prize nominations galore, from the Wellcome to the Man Booker.” (The Independent (UK))

“Irresistible... you can feel the influences of Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens and Hilary Mantel channeled by Perry in some sort of Victorian séance. This is the best new novel I’ve read in years.” (Daily Telegraph (London))

“An exquisitely absorbing, old-fashioned page-turner…The Essex Serpent is shot through with such a vivid, lively sense of the period that it reads like Charles Dickens at his most accessible and fans of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell will also find much to love.” (Daily Express (UK))

“Perry fully inhabits many of the concerns and stylistic elements of the 19th century novel -- but its interests are still contemporary ones: desire, fulfillment and questioning the world… Her language is exquisite, her characterization finely tuned… [I]t’s clear that Perry is a gifted writer of immense ability.” (Irish Times)

“[T]he most deeply satisfying fiction you will read this year.” (Waterstone's Book of the Year shortlist selection)

About the Author

Sarah Perry's 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. She was born in Essex and lives in Norwich, England.


Product details

  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Custom House (June 6, 2017)
  • Publication Date: June 6, 2017
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M0HPKE6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,551 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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