Sarah Perry Interview: The Essex Serpent, The Gothic, and Why She Values Audiobooks
Photo Credit: Jamie Drew 2016.
Sarah Perry is the author of After Me Comes the Flood and The Essex Serpent. She has a PhD in creative writing from Goldsmiths University. Her thesis was about the Gothic, and her books are written in this style. Her first book was shortlisted for the Guardian 'First Book Award' in 2014, while The Essex Serpent went on to win multiple awards including Book of the Year and Fiction Book of the Year at the British Book Awards 2016, The Waterstones Book of the Year 2016.
She chatted to Abigail Jaggers recently about The Gothic, The Essex Serpent, and audiobooks.
Her Creative Writing PhD and Writing in the Gothic Style:
Writing about the Victorian Age:
Comparing the Past and Present:
The Perception of Women in the Victorian Era:
Religion and Science in 'The Essex Serpent':
The Myth of the Essex Serpent:
Setting 'The Essex Serpent' in Essex:
Essex in the Victorian Era:
Grave's Disease and the Value of Audiobooks:
Juanita McMahon Narrating 'The Essex Serpent':
Thank you to Sarah Perry for speaking to us! If you want to find out more about Sarah, you can visit her website.
Listening Books members can borrow The Essex Serpent on MP3 CD number 14073.
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