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.


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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Sensational writing

Enthralling! Great characters, mystery, stunning writing. Would have preferred a simple reading rather than a multitude of different voicings.
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- Amazon Customer jo


A wonderful tale, with touches of a medieval mystery. Vivid characters leap out of the page to bemuse and bewitch. l'd be interested to know in which decade the tale was set though. That wasn't clear, but nor was it important, except in the political and sociological context. Something different, to enjoy.
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- mary

Book Details

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