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Sarah Perry - Author

About the Author

Sarah Perry was born in Essex in 1979. She has a PhD in creative writing from Royal Holloway, and has been the writer in residence at the Gladstone Library and the UNESCO World City of Literature Writer in Residence in Prague. Her first novel, After Me Comes the Flood, was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Folio Prize, and won the East Anglian Book of the Year Award in 2014. She lives in Norwich.

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Featured books by Sarah Perry

After Me Comes the Flood

After Me Comes the Flood

Author: Sarah Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/11/2017

The debut novel by the bestselling author of The Essex Serpent. One hot summer's day, John Cole decides to leave his life behind. He shuts up the bookshop no one ever comes to and drives out of London. When his car breaks down and he becomes lost on an isolated road, he goes looking for help, and stumbles into the grounds of a grand but dilapidated house. Its residents welcome him with open arms - but there's more to this strange community than meets the eye. They all know him by name, they've prepared a room for him, and claim to have been waiting for him all along. Who are these people? And what do they intend for John? 

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Other books by Sarah Perry

Melmoth

Melmoth

Author: Sarah Perry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

'Hugely readable and profoundly important ... Perry's masterly piece of postmodern gothic is one of the great achievements of our century' The Observer SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE OBSERVER FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018 'Beautiful, devastating, brilliant' Marian Keyes 'Astonishingly dark ... exquisitely balanced' Francis Spufford 'Packs a punch of atmosphere, creepiness, fear and melancholy' Susan Hill 'Mythic, ominous and sensitively human' Frances Hardinge 'Richly atmospheric, daring and surprising' Melissa Harrison 'Striking and brave, ... moving and terribly beautiful' Sam Guglani Oh my friend, won't you take my hand - I've been so lonely! One winter night in Prague, Helen Franklin meets her friend Karel on the street. Agitated and enthralled, he tells her he has come into possession of a mysterious old manuscript, filled with personal testimonies that take them from 17th-century England to wartime Czechoslovakia, the tropical streets of Manila, and 1920s Turkey. All of them tell of being followed by a tall, silent woman in black, bearing an unforgettable message. Helen reads its contents with intrigue, but everything in her life is about to change.

A Quaint and Curious Volume Tales and Poems of the Gothic

A Quaint and Curious Volume Tales and Poems of the Gothic

Author: Sarah Perry Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Introduced by Sarah Perry, the best-selling author of The Essex Serpent. Uncanny. Mysterious. Eerie. Gothic. It draws us in with its air of mystery and repels us with its violence and darkness. But who were the first practitioners of the now-prevalent genre? This curated book collects the works of such masters as Edgar Allan Poe, Christina Rossetti and Mary Shelley, who with flickering candles, mysterious castles and chilling ravens first frightened and delighted readers. With a brilliantly insightful introduction by Sarah Perry, the contemporary master of the gothic genre, this book will immerse and entangle you in the roots of the gothic. Just be careful not to get lost. Includes such classic poems as `The Raven' by Edgar Allan Poe, `Porphyria's Lover' by Robert Browning, and `Goblin Market' by Christina Rosetti. With extracts from classic gothic novels, such as Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, and The Castle of Otronto by Horace Walpole. And some spine-tingling short stories such as `The Yellow Wallpaper' by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, `The Dream Woman' by Wilkie Collins, and the famous `The Tell-Tale Heart' by Edgar Allen Poe.

Melmoth

Melmoth

Author: Sarah Perry Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/11/2018

Melmoth

Melmoth

Author: Sarah Perry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2018

Twenty years ago Helen Franklin did something she cannot forgive herself for, and she has spent every day since barricading herself against its memory. But the sheltered life she has crafted for herself is about to change. A strange manuscript has come into her possession, and its contents have the power to unravel every strand of her fragile safety net. It is filled with testimonies from the darkest chapters of human history, which all record sightings of a tall, silent woman in black, with unblinking eyes and bleeding feet: Melmoth, the loneliest being in the world. Condemned to walk the Earth forever, she tries to beguile the guilty and lure them away for a lifetime wandering alongside her. Everyone that Melmoth seeks out must make a choice: to live with what they've done, or be led into the darkness. Despite her scepticism, Helen can't stop reading, or shake the feeling that someone or something is watching her. As her past finally catches up with her, she too must choose which path to take. Exquisitely written, and gripping until the very last page, this is a masterpiece of moral complexity, asking us profound questions about mercy, redemption, and how to make the best of our conflicted world.

Eight Ghosts The English Heritage Book of New Ghost Stories

Eight Ghosts The English Heritage Book of New Ghost Stories

Author: Sarah Perry, Max Porter, Andrew Michael Hurley, Mark Haddon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/2018

Rooted in place, slipping between worlds - a rich collection of unnerving ghosts and sinister histories. Eight authors were given the freedom of their chosen English Heritage site, from medieval castles to a Cold War nuclear bunker. Immersed in the past and chilled by rumours of hauntings, they channelled their darker imaginings into a series of extraordinary new ghost stories. Also includes a gazetteer of English Heritage properties which are said to be haunted.

Az essexi kigyo

Az essexi kigyo

Author: Sarah Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 21/12/2017

1893, London. Amikor Cora Seaborne es Francis nevu fia megerkezik Essexbe, ott az a szobeszed jarja, hogy az egykor a lapvideken garazdalkodo s embereleteket kovetelo mitikus szorny, az essexi Kigyo ujra feltunt Aldwinter egyhazkozsegenek partjainal. Lelkes termeszetbuvarkent Corat tuzbe hozza a hir, hisz talan egy eleddig ismeretlen allatfaj peldanyarol van szo. A leny nyomait kovetve ismerkedik meg Aldwinter papjaval, William Ransome-mal, akivel ellentmondasos erzelmeket taplalnak egymas irant, mig vegul a legvaratlanabb modon alakitjak at a masik eletet.Az essexi kgy cmA knyvet szmos irodalmi djra jelltk, megjelense ta tbb mint egy ve az eladsi listk elejn szerepel a knyv az Egyeslt Kirlysgban.Az v Knyve - The WaterstonesBritish Book Award gyA zteseThe Sunday Times BestsellerMint elsA szm bestsellert s a 2016-os Waterstones Book of the Yeart Az essexi kgyt tovbbi nyolc djra jelltk, kztk a 2017-es Costa Knyvdjra s a 2017-es Bailey's Women's Prize for Fictionre.Sarah mA veit tizenegy nyelvre fordtjk le, a Guardiannek s a The Financial Timesnak r recenzikat.KendA zetlensgben magval ragad regny, melyben vgy s hit gabalyodik egymsba a lpon, de az igazi csoda a bartsg. Sarah Perrynek megvan az a rendkvli adottsga, hogy elkvesse a przval az elkpzelhetetlent - ms szval olyan r, aki rti az letet. (Jessie Burton, a Babahz rnA je s a Mzsa cmA knyv szerzA je)Az essexi kgy lvezetes olvasmny: egy rendkvl tehetsges szerzA intelligens, magval ragad munkja. (Sarah Waters, A szobalny cmA knyv szerzA je )EttA l a knyvtA l vgyat kapunk r, hogy jobb emberr vljunk. (Justine Jordan, The Guardian)

After Me Comes the Flood

After Me Comes the Flood

Author: Sarah Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/11/2017

The debut novel by the bestselling author of The Essex Serpent. One hot summer's day, John Cole decides to leave his life behind. He shuts up the bookshop no one ever comes to and drives out of London. When his car breaks down and he becomes lost on an isolated road, he goes looking for help, and stumbles into the grounds of a grand but dilapidated house. Its residents welcome him with open arms - but there's more to this strange community than meets the eye. They all know him by name, they've prepared a room for him, and claim to have been waiting for him all along. Who are these people? And what do they intend for John? 

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After Me Comes the Flood

After Me Comes the Flood

Author: Sarah Perry Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 06/07/2017

One hot summer's day, John Cole decides to leave his life behind. When his car breaks down on an isolated road, he goes looking for help and stumbles upon a grand but dilapidated house. Its residents claim to have been waiting for him...There's Hester, their controlling host, Alex and Claire, siblings full of child-like wonder, the mercurial Eve, Elijah - a faithless former preacher and chain-smoking Walker, wreathed in smoke and hostility. Who are these people? And what do they intend for John?

The Essex Serpent

The Essex Serpent

Author: Sarah Perry Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/07/2016

London 1893: When Cora Seaborne and her son Francis reach Essex, rumours spread from further up the estuary that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming lives, has returned to the coastal parish of Aldwinter. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist is enthralled, convinced that it may be a previously undiscovered species. As she sets out on its trail she meets William Ransome, Aldwinter's vicar. They find themselves inexorably drawn together and torn apart, eventually changing each other's lives in ways entirely unexpected.

The Missionary Dog

The Missionary Dog

Author: Sarah Perry Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/05/2016

After Me Comes the Flood

After Me Comes the Flood

Author: Sarah Perry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/06/2014

Winner of the East Anglian Book of the Year award 2014 Longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2014 One hot summer's day, John Cole decides to leave his life behind. He shuts up the bookshop no one ever comes to and drives out of London. When his car breaks down and he becomes lost on an isolated road, he goes looking for help, and stumbles into the grounds of a grand but dilapidated house. Its residents welcome him with open arms - but there's more to this strange community than meets the eye. They all know him by name, they've prepared a room for him, and claim to have been waiting for him all along. As nights and days pass John finds himself drawn into a baffling menagerie. There is Hester, their matriarchal, controlling host; Alex and Claire, siblings full of child-like wonder and delusions; the mercurial Eve; Elijah - a faithless former preacher haunted by the Bible; and chain-smoking Walker, wreathed in smoke and hostility. Who are these people? And what do they intend for John? Elegant, gently sinister and psychologically complex, After Me Comes The Flood is a haunting and hypnotic debut novel by a brilliant new voice.

The Miracle on Fifth Floor How God Healed Me with His Miraculous Hands

The Miracle on Fifth Floor How God Healed Me with His Miraculous Hands

Author: Sarah Perry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/09/2013

If...

If...

Author: Sarah Perry Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/03/2006

If...is a book of surreal possibilities. It can be explored in many different ways. you can use a single illustration or combine several to create your own stories. For example, If frogs ate rainbows. .., what would their craoks sound like and what would they say? Or If cats could fly...and If mice were hair. .., what then? In contrast, you can perceive each painting as a complete story in itself. I hope this book triggers a smile (either private or shared ) and will help you experience the real wonders surrounding us all: water can become solid; bees do dance; and birds can truly soar.

Y Si...

Y Si...

Author: Sarah Perry Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/03/2006

If..., the children's bestseller from the Getty Museum, is now available in Spanish. Los Angeles artist Sarah Perry has created twenty magical watercolors that are an open invitation to the imaginations of children. Beautifully produced in full color, these fantastic images conjure up a world of limitless possibilities where anything can happen: leaves turn into green fish... cats fly about on wings... and butterflies become a little girl's coat of many colors. When first published in English, If... quickly found a warm reception among parents and teachers who appreciated this book as an excellent springboard to creative expression and writing. Now native Spanish speakers--as well as non-native readers who want to improve their Spanish skills--can use Y Si... to experience the fanciful world in this book and then dream up their own creative scenarios.

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