The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

The Essex Serpent: The number
one bestseller and British Book Awards Book of the Year by Sarah Perry
Soon to be an Apple TV series starring Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston THE
SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER Overall Book of the Year and Fiction Book
of the Year at the British Book Awards 2017 (Nibbies) Longlisted for the 2017
Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction The Waterstones Book of the Year 2016
Shortlisted for the 2016 Costa Novel Award 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.

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Weight 375 g
Dimensions 130 × 28 × 198 mm
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