Author : Sarah Perry
Publisher : Profile
ISBN : 9781782832041
About The Essex Serpent
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.
The Essex Serpent Review
I have never been to Essex, nor been a Victorian woman but in this novel I have experienced both through the wonderful writing of this author. She brings atmosphere, character and times to life with lyrical engaging prose.
I don't think this is the book of the year, as proclaimed. it was nicely paced and a good tale. But the mark of a grest book gor me is one I'm dying for other people to read so I can talk about it. This is present for me with this book
Het verhaal speelt in de Vitoriaanse tijd. Een jonge weduwe met haar byzondere zoon en een vriendin annex verzorgster reist naar de modderige kust van Essex. Daar leert ze het gezin van de dominee kennen met drie kinderen en een tuberculeuse vouw. De regio is onrustig vanwege de vermeende aanwezigheid van een draak. alle onnatuurlijke gebeurtenissen zijn het gevolg van die draak die niemand heeft gezien maar waarvan wel sporen ziijn gevonden of gehoord. Een mooi verteld verhaal dat je meer inzicht geeft in het leven in die tijd. Een ander inzicht in de rol van de vrouw. En een blik op de medische ontwikkelingen mbt TBC.
This is what happens when a book is hyped up too much in media and social media. What a disappointment. I have never been so bored in my life. I won't be seeking out this author again.
Brilliant! Well worth the read and utterly engrossing.
Quite atmospheric, but very little actually takes place. Long, and rambling in places. I found this a little underwhelming.
To be honest, l found this book quite boring. The only thing that kept me turning the pages was the hope of something interesting to happen.
Enjoyed the whole story the interesting letters and concept of the story so different from other books.
Started out well with interesting characters but as it progressed it just became a collection of grotesques mixed up in some ridiculous mass hysteria which somehow managed to pervade a whole community. One or two unusual characters would have been fine but every character in the story is in some way strange and therefore each loses their impact. You just start to wish for at least one 'normal' protagonist. All in all underwhelming.
So beautifuly crafted that I found myself turning back the pages again and again for the pleasure of re reading it. Sensitive, thrilling, fascinating, erudite - Sarah's novel opened a Victorian world to me of which I was totally unaware. I have ordered all my friends to read it. More fool they if they ignore my sdvice!
A gripping, easy paced novel that brings Victotian London and Essex to life. The characters and their lives seem so contemporary and that gives the book its authenticity. Highly recommended, even if historical fiction isn't really your thing.
The Sunday Times raved about this historical fiction novel - I didn't. Took a long time to get where it was going and wasn't really worth the trip.