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THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER Overall Book of the Year and Fiction Book of the Year at the British Book Awards 2017 (Nibbies) Longlisted for the 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction The Waterstones Book of the Year 2016 Shortlisted for the 2016 Costa Novel Award London, 1893. When Cora Seaborne's controlling husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness. Along with her son Francis - a curious, obsessive boy - she leaves town for Essex, in the hope that fresh air and open space will provide refuge. On arrival, rumours reach them 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 with no patience for superstition, is enthralled, convinced that what the local people think is a magical beast may be a yet-undiscovered species. As she sets out on its trail, she is introduced to William Ransome, Aldwinter's vicar, who is also deeply suspicious of the rumours, but thinks they are a distraction from true faith. As he tries to calm his parishioners, Will and Cora strike up an intense relationship, and although they agree on absolutely nothing, they find themselves at once drawn together and torn apart, affecting each other in ways that surprise them both. The Essex Serpent is a celebration of love, and the many different shapes it can take.
Forlag Serpent's tail
Genre Historisk litteratur
Omtalt tid 1800-tallet
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Denne boka fortjener nok egentlig mer en fireren jeg gir den, det er meg, ikke den. Eller kanskje jeg leste den på feil tidspunkt. For jeg liker karakterene, miljøene, handlingen, og jeg elsker naturskildringene! Men så fikk jeg den liksom ikke helt til likevel...
Cora Seaborne kan endelig leve som hun selv vil etter at hun har blitt enke. Sammen med sønnen Francis og venninnen Martha, forlater hun London for Essex. Året er 1893.
Cora har alltid vært interessert i trilobitter, ammonitter og andre forhistoriske ting. I Essex får hun høre om et sjøuhyre, og er fast bestemt på å finne det. Sammen med landsbypresten, William, starter hun jakten. Det handler om både vitenskap, mystikk og overtro når mysteriet skal løses en gang for alle.
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Luke diagnosed himself to be in love, and sought no cure for the disease.
One o´clock on a dreary day and the time ball dropped at the Greenwich Observatory. (..) Time was being served behind the walls of Newgate jail, and wasted by philosophers in cafes on the Strand; it was lost by those who wished the past were present, and loathed by those who wished the present past.
Had it always been here - this marvellous black earth in which she sank to her ankles, this coral-coloured fungus frilling the branches at her feet? Had birds always sung? Had the rain always this light touch, as if she might inhabit it? She supposed they had, and that it had never been very far from her door. She supposed there must have been other times when she'd laughed alone into the wet bark of a tree, or exclaimed to no-one over the fineness of a fern unfolding, but she could not remember them.
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