The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

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From the cover which incorporated William Morris Fabric Design on, I was Enthralled  by this book. It could have been written by Henry James or Bram Stoker – it even had a Dickensian feel to it, set as it was in late Victorian times, when everything was changing socially and scientifically.

It had everything passion not romance, love which is not always straight forward,   adventure with an occult undertone. The scenes of teeming London and idyllic Essex on the Blackwater Estuary were so beautifully evoked that I want to go there. Reading about Colchester even reminded me of my childhood favourite by John Masefield, The Box of Delights. I always feel its an added bonus if a book has tidbits of interesting trivia about everyday words  and objects which make you smile and say” fancy that” and this book has it in spades. Recommended.

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

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