Sarah Perry was born in Essex. She gained a PhD in Creative Writing & the Gothic from Royal Holloway in 2012, having been supervised by Andrew Motion. A winner of the Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize & a Royal Holloway doctoral studentship, she was Writer-in-Residence at Gladstone's Library, January 2013. She is currently the UNESCO City of Literature Writer-in-Residence in Prague. She has written for a number of publications including the Guardian, the Independent, Slightly Foxed and the Spectator. Her work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and RTE 1.
Genres: Historical, Horror, Literary Fiction
Eight Ghosts (2017) (with Kate Clanchy, Stuart Evers, Mark Haddon, Andrew Michael Hurley, Max Porter, Kamila Shamsie and Jeanette Winterson)
Sarah Perry recommends
Attrib.: And Other Stories (2017)
"he is a writer for whom one struggles to find comparison, because she has arrived in a class of her own."
The Binding Song (2017)
"A wonderful new arrival in the 'Norfolk Noir' genre, this deliciously gripping novel casts the familiar setting of Norwich and its surroundings in a grim and haunting new light."
Strange Magic (2017)
(Essex Witch Museum Mystery, book 1)
"I gleefully submitted to this tale of witchcraft, feminism, mysterious strangers, historical atrocities, plucky heroines and ghastly apparitions - and came away more proud than ever to be an Essex girl. STRANGE MAGIC is the rarest of things: a book which sets out unashamedly to entertain, and does so with wit, style and erudition."
Almost Love (2018)
"With a pen sharp as needles, the author unpicks the kind of obsessive love to which nobody is immune: I would challenge any reader to turn the final page without having flushed, at least once, in recognition. Her gaze is unflinching but never cruel; we are invited to examine, but never judge. O'Neill is a vital and necessary presence in contemporary literature, and we are lucky to have her."
Confessions of the Fox (2018)
"Confessions of the Fox is quite simply extraordinary. Imagine if Maggie Nelson, Daphne du Maurier, and Daniel Defoe collaborated? That."
The House on Vesper Sands (2018)
"The most vivid and compelling portrait of late Victorian London since The Crimson Petal and the White."
The Divines (2021)
"A terrific, entertaining, and astute work and one of considerable relevance to the way we live now."
The House Guest (2021)
"This is ace. Very acute on class, aspiration, women and status and all those agonising negotiations and anxieties."
"I loved and needed this full-throated yell of a novel about female desire, resilience, strangeness and artistic power, about the amplification of that power through suffering, and about the terror and beauty of bodies in extremis. Nobody writes like Sarah Hall, and here her lucid, vital, extraordinary style is matched perfectly to its subject - it's an extraordinary work that will stand as a blazing witness to the age that bore it."
The Five Sorrowful Mysteries of Andy Africa (2023)
"Fascinating; unashamedly, brilliantly intelligent. It grapples with ideas around maths, Afrofuturism, biblical myth . . . profound philosophical stuff, but fundamentally it's a really playful, pleasurable book about young boy who's falling madly in love, and has a difficult, intense, loving relationship with his mother."
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