2:00pm - 3:00pm - Sunday 11 June
The Essex Serpent stormed to the top of the bestseller lists and 2016 ended with it named as Waterstones Book of the Year and shortlisted for the Costa Best Novel Award. Set in 1893, this gothic tale follows the young widow Cora Seaborne, an enthusiastic amateur palaeontologist, to a dank wetlands village in Essex, where a sea serpent is said to be terrorising villagers. Told with exquisite grace and intelligence, it is most of all a celebration of love, and the many different guises it can take.
Sarah Perry’s first novel, After Me Comes The Flood, was published in 2015 having been repeatedly rejected by publishers. Her third novel will be set in Prague, where she lived when she was UNESCO’s writer-in-residence.