Book Review: The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Essex Serpent Blue
Beautiful blue Waterstone’s exclusive hardcover – you can’t see from this picture but some of the detail is stunningly picked out in gold foil.

One of our titles for May book club, I have wanted to get round to The Essex Serpent for an embarrassingly long time. Waterstones Book of the Year, Overall Book of the Year and Fiction Book of the Year at the British Book Awards, longlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction… I could go on with its various accolades but let’s just say it’s one of the most critically acclaimed books of the moment. Continue reading “Book Review: The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry”


Book Review: Days Without End by Sebastian Barry


I have had mixed experiences with prize-winning novels in the past; I sometimes feel that the qualities of these books so lauded by the critics differ to those that I might look for myself in a novel. I didn’t actually know that Days Without End had been nominated for the Costa Book Awards and was in fact halfway through reading it when it was announced. Continue reading “Book Review: Days Without End by Sebastian Barry”