THE ES­SEX SER­PENT

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by Sarah Perry

In 1669, a Lon­don pam­phlet pro­claimed STRANGE NEWS OUT OF ES­SEX, re­port­ing ru­mours of a flying ser­pent that had been killing farm an­i­mals and ter­ror­is­ing Saf­fron Walden. For her ir­re­sistible and gothic sec­ond novel, Perry imag­ines a late-19th-cen­tury Es­sex vil­lage, damp with fog, again haunted by the pre­his­toric ser­pent. This is ex­quis­ite Vic­to­ri­ana.

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