THE ESSEX SERPENT
Sarah Perry’s The Essex Serpent is “one of the most memorable historic novels of the past decade” (The Sunday Times) and Waterstones Book of the Year 2016. Set in the 19th century, it follows the story of an enterprising recent widow who hopes to make her mark as a fossil hunter in the manner of her heroine, the pioneer female scientist Mary Anning. Instead, she is sidetracked by rumours of a mythological Essex serpent, by a passionate relationship with a married local vicar and a doomed romance with an early heart surgeon. Chaired by Lucy Atkins, critic and award-winning author whose new novel is The Night Visitor.
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