Sarah Perry’s second novel, The Essex Serpent – a compelling tale of superstition, science, love and friendship set in late Victorian England, winner of the 2016 Waterstones Prize and Costa shortlisted, has coiled its charm around readers everywhere since its publication in February 2016. Sarah herself is equally bewitching, as guests at her Books That Built Me discovered when we met to discuss six books that have inspired her writing.
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The Books That Built Sarah Perry
Foxe’s Book of Martyrs
Tess of the d’Urbevilles, Thomas Hardy
I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Giving up the Ghost, Hilary Mantel
Silence, Shusaku Endo.