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The Resource The Essex serpent, Sarah Perry

The Essex serpent, Sarah Perry

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The Essex serpent
Title
The Essex serpent
Statement of responsibility
Sarah Perry
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eng
Summary
London 1893. When Cora Seaborne's husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness: her marriage was not a happy one, and she never suited the role of society wife. Accompanied by her son Francis - a curious, obsessive boy - she leaves town for Essex, where she hopes fresh air and open space will provide the refuge they need. When they take lodgings in Colchester, rumours reach them from further up the estuary that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming human lives, has returned to the coastal parish of Aldwinter. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist with no patience for religion or superstition, is immediately enthralled, convinced that what the local people think is a magical beast may be a previously undiscovered species. As she sets out on its trail, she is introduced to William Ransome, Aldwinter's vicar. Like Cora, Will is deeply suspicious of the rumours, but he thinks they are founded on moral panic, a flight from real faith. As he tries to calm his parishioners, he and Cora strike up an intense relationship, and although they agree on absolutely nothing, they find themselves inexorably drawn together and torn apart, eventually changing each other's lives in ways entirely unexpected. Told with exquisite grace and intelligence, this novel is most of all a celebration of love, and the many different guises 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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Award
New York Times Notable Book, 2017
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10548880
Cataloging source
CDX
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1979-
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Perry, Sarah
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Man-woman relationships
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
Target audience
adult
Label
The Essex serpent, Sarah Perry
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000057778898
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
416 pages
Isbn
9781781255445
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2016417446
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)951211747
Label
The Essex serpent, Sarah Perry
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000057778898
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
416 pages
Isbn
9781781255445
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2016417446
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)951211747

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