REVIEW: The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

EtheringtonHeaders-ReviewsDSC_0790It’s easy to think of past centuries as the dark ages, a time when superstition took precedence over logic, but Victorian Britain is not the black and white place you might expect it to be in Sarah Perry’s The Essex Serpent. It’s a time of enlightenment, when advancements in science and technology are moving the world into the modern age and the Great Exhibition showcases ideas of the future. Surgeons like Dr Luck Garrett perform pioneering procedures that will revolutionise medicine, a recent widow, Cora Seaborne is fascinated by the Earth’s ancient history and collects fossils, and her companion Martha fights for social change. These are people who look outside religion for answers. Continue reading “REVIEW: The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry”

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MISC: Top Ten Tuesday- 1st August 2017

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a different topic that one of their bloggers answers, and they invite others to join in either by posting their answers as a comment or by creating their own blog post.

Top Ten Tuesday is taking a break for a couple of weeks. I only started taking part in TTT a few months ago, so I thought in the meantime I’d look through some of the old topics. Luckily there are literally hundreds to choose from, so I have enough to keep me busy until it starts back up in August! This week I’m revisiting 10 Books I Picked Up on a Whim, so I’m going to share 10 books I impulsively bought that are on my TBR!
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BOOKISH FINDS: Supermarket Splurge

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There’s something commendable about going out to buy ingredients for a Greek salad and coming back with two books and a bag of wilting rocket salad. It doesn’t seem to matter where you go, if you’re a bibliophile books will find you. Even in the supermarket. Just when you think you’re safe, you remember that most supermarkets have their own modest book section and you go in search of a bargain you definitely don’t need. So here are the two new additions to my TBR mountain of doom:

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

I’ve lost track of how many prizes the Waterstones Book of the Year has been nominated for. It’s been at the back of my mind for a while, and then there it was for a couple of pounds. I’m always been fascinated by Victorian superstition, so I can’t wait to find out how the Essex residents deal with the mythical threat of a winged serpent.

May We Be Forgiven by A. M. Homes

Another award winner, May We Be Forgiven won the Baileys Womens Prize in 2013. Unusual family dynamics pull me into a story, and thie novel promises that in spades. The lives of two brothers take a dark turn after one fateful Thanksgiving. I’ve wanted to read a book by A. M. Homes for a while now, and here’s my chance.

Anyone else bought any book bargains this week?

MISC: WWW Wednesdays- 10th May 2017

Hello, hello. I’ve missed taking part in WWW Wednesdays the last few weeks. I was a little unprepared for the stress of my last essay. I couldn’t pick a topic so for two weeks I tried to write four different essays until I decided which one was better. But it’s done! Just 15,000 words stand between me and my MA! Hurray! I won’t bombard you with all the reading I’ve done since my last WWW post, I’ll just give you the highlights!

WWW is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Each Wednesday book enthusiasts share their reads by answering three questions:

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

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