The Essex Serpent

  • by Sarah Perry
  • Narrated by Juanita McMahon
  • 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

London 1893: When Cora Seaborne and her son Francis reach Essex, rumours spread from further up the estuary 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 is enthralled, convinced that it may be a previously undiscovered species.
As she sets out on its trail she meets William Ransome, Aldwinter's vicar. They find themselves inexorably drawn together and torn apart, eventually changing each other's lives in ways entirely unexpected.

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What the Critics Say

"One of the most memorable historical novels of the past decade." (Sunday Times)
"The Essex Serpent is a novel to relish: a work of great intelligence and charm, by a hugely talented author." (Sarah Waters)

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Customer Reviews

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An Authentic Voice

Beautifully written, with fully fledged characters, a wholly believable plot and the perfect narrator, makes this book stand head and shoulders above the crowd. Sarah Perry has a gift, a special gift that means she really can paint pictures, induce smells, bring forth the tactile nature of her novels like few others can. I just loved it.
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- Christina

Makes me miss Colchester & Mersea...

Excellent story which, if you know the area, gives the evocative feel you get when you live or stay there.

Great "suppressed" atmosphere of unrequited love with some shadowy release... A bit of early day feminism, & socialism with an unhealthy spell of consumption and winged snakes thrown in to keep you going. Not forgetting the goat and lots of shades of blue

Used to run the Colchester Hospital Book Club. Definitely one I'd have recommended we read... possibly discussing in the Victory in Mersea over a pint!!!

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- A. G. Richardson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-07-2016
  • Publisher: Lamplight Audio