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The Resource The Essex Serpent

The Essex Serpent

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The Essex Serpent
Title
The Essex Serpent
Statement of responsibility
Sarah Perry
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Language
eng
Summary
THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLEROverall 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 FictionThe Waterstones Book of the Year 2016Shortlisted for the 2016 Costa Novel AwardLondon, 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
Summary
Freed from an unhappy marriage by her husband's death, Victorian widow Cora Seaborne settles in Colchester, where she pursues her interest in natural history by searching the Blackwater estuary for evidence of the Essex Serpent, a winged serpent dismissed as superstition by vicar Will Ransome, but greatly feared by the locals. With its heady atmosphere and lush descriptions, the novel vividly explores Victorian English society and culture through the experiences of its ensemble cast. -- Description by Gillian Speace
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New York Times Notable Book, 2017
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10548880
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NOV
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1979-
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Perry, Sarah
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Fiction
  • Literature
  • Romance
  • Historical Fiction
Target audience
adult
Label
The Essex Serpent
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Publication
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OVERDRIVE:93653d9a-65ca-43ed-80c2-d89c5f53900a
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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Isbn
9781782832041
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
The Essex Serpent
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:93653d9a-65ca-43ed-80c2-d89c5f53900a
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781782832041
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Specific material designation
optical disk

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