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Alumna Sarah Perry wins Waterstones Book of the Year

Posted on 01/12/2016
Sarah Perry's The Essex Serpent

Sarah Perry's The Essex Serpent

Royal Holloway MA Creative Writing and PhD graduate, Sarah Perry has been awarded Waterstones 'Book of the Year' for her novel The Essex Serpent. The award is given to the book that Waterstones booksellers find truly outstanding and which they felt most pride in recommending and selling in the past year. 

The work of historical fiction, set in the Victorian London and Essex of the 1890's has become a favourite of Waterstones booksellers and customers, with word of mouth making it a bestseller of summer 2016. 

James Daunt, Waterstones Managing Director said of the award, "The Essex Serpent blazed as the overwhelming choice by our booksellers to their Book of the Year. A novel of rare intelligence and utterly compelling to read, it takes complete possession of the reader. It is a treasure and we recommend this wonderful book to everyone."

Author, Sarah Perry commented, "I am delighted beyond measure that The Essex Serpent is the Waterstones Book of the Year. From the moment The Essex Serpent was released, Waterstones' booksellers were true friends of the book. No author could hope for better champions."

A special edition of the book is now available from Waterstones, with gold foil and embossed finish. 

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