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The Essex Serpent - A Novel

Sarah Perry

Costa Book Award Finalist and the Waterstones (UK) Book of the Year 2016 "I loved this book. At once numinous, intimate and wise, The Essex Serpent is a marvelous novel about the workings of life, love and belief, about science and religion, secrets, mysteries, and the complicated and unexpected shifts of the human heart—and it contains some of the most beautiful evocations of place and landscape I've ever read. It is so good its pages seem lit from within. As soon as I'd finished it I started reading it again."—Helen MacDonald, author of H is for Hawk An exquisitely talented young British author makes her American debut with this rapturously acclaimed historical novel, set in late nineteenth-century England, about an intellectually minded young widow, a pious vicar, and a rumored mythical serpent that explores questions about science and religion, skepticism, and faith, independence and love. When Cora Seaborne's brilliant, domineering husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness: her marriage was not a happy one. Wed at nineteen, this woman of exceptional intelligence and curiosity was ill-suited for the role of society wife. Seeking refuge in fresh air and open space in the wake of the funeral, Cora leaves London for a visit to coastal Essex, accompanied by her inquisitive and obsessive eleven-year old son, Francis, and the boy's nanny, Martha, her fiercely protective friend. While admiring the sites, Cora learns of an intriguing rumor that has arisen further up the estuary, of a fearsome creature said to roam the marshes claiming human lives. After nearly 300 years, the mythical Essex Serpent is said to have returned, taking the life of a young man on New Year's Eve. A keen amateur naturalist with no patience for religion or superstition, Cora is immediately enthralled, and certain that what the local people think is a magical sea beast may be a previously undiscovered species. Eager to investigate, she is introduced to local vicar William Ransome. Will, too, is susp

Costa Book Award Finalist and the Waterstones (UK) Book of the Year 2016 "I loved this book. At once numinous, intimate and wise, The Essex Serpent is a marvelous novel about the workings of life, love and belief, about science and religion, secrets, mysteries, and the complicated and unexpected shifts of the human heart—and it contains some of the most beautiful evocations of place and landscape I've ever read. It is so good its pages seem lit from within. As soon as I'd finished it I started reading it again."—Helen MacDonald, author of H is for Hawk An exquisitely talented young British author makes her American debut with this rapturously acclaimed historical novel, set in late nineteenth-century England, about an intellectually minded young widow, a pious vicar, and a rumored mythical serpent that explores questions about science and religion, skepticism, and faith, independence and love. When Cora Seaborne's brilliant, domineering husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness: her marriage was not a happy one. Wed at nineteen, this woman of exceptional intelligence and curiosity was ill-suited for the role of society wife. Seeking refuge in fresh air and open space in the wake of the funeral, Cora leaves London for a visit to coastal Essex, accompanied by her inquisitive and obsessive eleven-year old son, Francis, and the boy's nanny, Martha, her fiercely protective friend. While admiring the sites, Cora learns of an intriguing rumor that has arisen further up the estuary, of a fearsome creature said to roam the marshes claiming human lives. After nearly 300 years, the mythical Essex Serpent is said to have returned, taking the life of a young man on New Year's Eve. A keen amateur naturalist with no patience for religion or superstition, Cora is immediately enthralled, and certain that what the local people think is a magical sea beast may be a previously undiscovered species. Eager to investigate, she is introduced to local vicar William Ransome. Will, too, is susp
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Costa Book Award Finalist and the Waterstones (UK) Book of the Year 2016 "I loved this book. At once numinous, intimate and wise, The Essex Serpent is a marvelous novel about the workings of life, love and belief, about science and religion, secrets, mysteries, and the complicated and unexpected shifts of the human heart—and it contains some of the most beautiful evocations of place and landscape I've ever read. It is so good its pages seem lit from within. As soon as I'd finished it I started reading it again."—Helen MacDonald, author of H is for Hawk An exquisitely talented young British author makes her American debut with this rapturously acclaimed historical novel, set in late nineteenth-century England, about an intellectually minded young widow, a pious vicar, and a rumored mythical serpent that explores questions about science and religion, skepticism, and faith, independence and love. When Cora Seaborne's brilliant, domineering husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness: her marriage was not a happy one. Wed at nineteen, this woman of exceptional intelligence and curiosity was ill-suited for the role of society wife. Seeking refuge in fresh air and open space in the wake of the funeral, Cora leaves London for a visit to coastal Essex, accompanied by her inquisitive and obsessive eleven-year old son, Francis, and the boy's nanny, Martha, her fiercely protective friend. While admiring the sites, Cora learns of an intriguing rumor that has arisen further up the estuary, of a fearsome creature said to roam the marshes claiming human lives. After nearly 300 years, the mythical Essex Serpent is said to have returned, taking the life of a young man on New Year's Eve. A keen amateur naturalist with no patience for religion or superstition, Cora is immediately enthralled, and certain that what the local people think is a magical sea beast may be a previously undiscovered species. Eager to investigate, she is introduced to local vicar William Ransome. Will, too, is susp

Language:

English

Narrators:

Juanita McMahon

Length:

14h 45m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:10


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:19


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:54


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

45:24


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

16:55


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

49:26


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

34:05


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

25:38


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

28:16


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

02:26


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

28:31


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

35:31


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

24:26


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:40


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:03


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

23:51


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

42:51


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

17:11


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:28


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

24:10


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

20:57


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

17:03


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

15:52


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

11:31


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

32:27


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

16:18


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

15:17


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

12:09


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

18:19


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

25:32


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

17:50


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

14:46


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

10:20


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

37:46


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

16:40


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

27:44


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:23


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

11:05


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

14:25


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

14:38


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

25:51


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:39


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

45:17


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

24:09


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

00:25