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Festival Author on Prize Longlist

Tuesday 14th March 2017

Some books simply shine out head and shoulders above others, and The Essex Serpent is one of those. A bitter sweet atory set in late Victorian England that is part love story and part a study of rumour, ignorance and assumption is both dark and amusing. Already winner of the 2016 Waterstones Book of The Year, author Sarah Perry has been longisted for the prestigious Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction 2017 alongside long-respected writers such as Margaret Atwood and Rose Tremain.

You can meet Sarah at the Festival when she will be talking with author Meg Sanders and previous Costa First Novel Winner Susan Fletcher as they explore the difficulties of stepping back into a different era to write about it convincingly. Susan, whose latest book Let Me Tell You About A Man i Knew imagines a meeting between Van Gogh and the wife of the warden at his hospital in Provence, lives in Stratford.

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