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Sarah Perry


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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.
 
Awards
Costa Book Awards Best Novel nominee (2016) : The Essex Serpent


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The Binding Song (2017)
Elodie Harper
"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."
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The Sealwoman's Gift (2018)
Sally Magnusson
"A remarkable feat of imagination."
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Almost Love (2018)
Louise O'Neill
"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."
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I Still Dream (2018)
J P Smythe
"A strikingly intelligent book about intelligence itself."
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Confessions of the Fox (2018)
Jordy Rosenberg
"Confessions of the Fox is quite simply extraordinary. Imagine if Maggie Nelson, Daphne du Maurier, and Daniel Defoe collaborated? That."

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