THE ESSEX SERPENT
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.