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Sarah Perry

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Sarah Perry

Sarah Perry is the internationally best selling author of the novels Melmoth, The Essex Serpent, and After Me Comes the Flood, and the non-fiction Essex Girls. She is a winner of the Waterstone's Book of the Year Awards and the British Book Awards, and has been nominated for major literary prizes including the Women's Prize for Fiction, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Folio Prize and the Costa Novel Award. Her essays have been widely published, and she has contributed to the Guardian, the New York Times, the Observer, and the London Review of Books. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has a PhD in Creative Writing, and has been a UNESCO City of Literature Writer in Residence in Prague, and a Writer in Residence at Gladstone's Library and the Savoy Hotel in London. Her second novel, the No 1 bestseller The Essex Serpent, is currently being adapted for television, starring Claire Danes in the lead role.

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Photo Credit: Jamie Drew 2020

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The Essex Serpent

Waterstones Book of the Year 2016

Sunday Times number one bestseller

Shortlisted for Costa Book Award

iTunes Book of the Year 2016

Longlisted for the Dylan Thomas prize 2017

Longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize 2017

Longlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize 2017

Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2017

Shortlisted for the Independent Bookshop Week Book Award 2017

British Book Awards Book of the Year 2017 (Fiction and Overall)

After Me Comes the Flood

Winner East Anglian Book of the Year 2014

Shortlisted for Guardian First Novel Award 2014

Nominated for the Folio Prize 2014


Shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize 2019

Observer fiction Book of the Year 2018

Winner of the 2014 Shiva Naipaul Prize - 'A Little Unexpected'


Essex Book Festival, 2017

UNESCO City of Literature Writer-in-Residence Prague, 2016

Gladstones Library Writer-in-Residence, 2014

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