Sarah Perry: Meet the Author of The Essex Serpent

BRONTË FESTIVAL OF WOMEN’S WRITING

BRONTË FESTIVAL OF WOMEN’S WRITING

Novelist Sarah Perry talks about her bestselling novel The Essex Serpent. Set in 1893 and firmly rooted in the author’s home county of Essex, The Essex Serpent follows Cora, a keen amateur naturalist convinced that what the local people think is a magical beast may be a previously undiscovered species, and William Ransome, a local vicar who sees the rumours as a distraction to the true faith.

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 Gladstone’s Library and the UNESCO World City of Literature Writer in Residence in Prague. Her 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 in 2014. The Essex Serpent is Waterstones Book of the Year 2016, was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2017 and has been longlisted for the 2017 Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction.

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