PRIZES:Winner of Waterstones Book of the Year 2016 (UK)Winner of BAMB Reader Awards 2016 (UK)Short-listed for British Book Design and Production Awards 2016 (UK)Short-listed for Costa Book Award 2017 (UK)Short-listed for RSL Encore Award 2017 (UK)Short-listed for Independent Bookselle... rs' Week Award 2017 (UK)Long-listed for Wellcome Book Prize 2017 (UK)Long-listed for New Angle Prize for Literature 2017 (UK)Long-listed for International Dylan Thomas Prize 2017 (UK)Long-listed for Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2017 (UK)
THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLEROverall Book of the Year and Fiction Book of the Year at the British Book Awards 2017 (Nibbies)Longlisted for the 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for FictionThe Waterstones Book of the Year 2016Shortlisted for the 2016 Costa Novel AwardLondon, 1893. When Cora Seaborne's controlling husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness. Along with her son Francis - a curious, obsessive boy - she leaves town for Essex, in the hope that fresh air and open space will provide refuge. On arrival, rumours reach them 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 with no patience for superstition, is enthralled, convinced that what the local people think is a magical beast may be a yet-undiscovered species. As she sets out on its trail, she is introduced to William Ransome, Aldwinter's vicar, who is also deeply suspicious of the rumours, but thinks they are a distraction from true faith. As he tries to calm his parishioners, Will and Cora strike up an intense relationship, and although they agree on absolutely nothing, they find themselves at once drawn together and torn apart, affecting each other in ways that surprise them both.The Essex Serpent is a celebration of love, and the many different shapes it can take.
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