Serpent’s Tail has acquired a second book from Sarah Perry, whose debut was longlisted for the Guardian First Book of the Year Award 2014.
Hannah Westland, publisher at Serpent’s Tail bought UK and commonwealth rights in Perry’s second novel, The Essex Serpent, from Jenny Hewson at Rogers, Coleridge & White.
Perry’s debut, After Me Comes the Flood, was published in June and it won the East Anglian Book of the Year Award 2014, as well being longlisted for the Guardian First Book of the Year.
Westland said: “I am thrilled to have acquired Sarah Perry’s dazzlingly clever and terrifically entertaining second novel. This unique and surprising love story between Cora Seaborne, an educated and fiercely independent widow, and William Ransome, an enlightened provincial vicar, is set against a vividly drawn backdrop of Victorian London and Essex, and explodes with the conflicts of science and religion that lit up the era.”
She added: “After Me Comes the Flood established Sarah Perry as one of the most talented young writers at work in Britain, winning her prize nominations and praise from John Burnside and Sarah Waters among others. Sarah has extended her talents in The Essex Serpent yet further, and I am certain that this book will win her the wider audience she so richly deserves.”
Perry said: “I'm absolutely delighted to be working with Hannah and the wonderful team at Serpent's Tail again; it's such a privilege to be part of such an exciting publisher and I know the book couldn't be in better hands.”
Serpent’s Tail will publish The Essex Serpent in hardback in July 2016.