Harriet Martineau Lecture: Sarah Perry
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The Harriet Martineau Lecture celebrates the legacy of a remarkable, world-changing woman by inviting globally-renowned radical writers to respond to her life and work. This year we welcome Sarah Perry, the Norwich-based author of The Essex Serpent and Melmoth.
Supported by The Martineau Society.
Check out the BBC Radio 4 Harriet Martineau Podcast.
‘Perry’s masterly piece of postmodern gothic is one of the great literary achievements of our century’ – Alex Preston, the Guardian
Sarah Perry was born in Essex in 1979. The Essex Serpent was a number one bestseller in hardback, Waterstones Book of the Year 2016 and Book of the Year 2017 at the British Book Awards. Her work has been translated into twenty languages. She lives in Norwich. Website
For centuries, the mysterious dark-robed figure has roamed the globe, searching for those whose complicity and cowardice have fed into the rapids of history’s darkest waters—and now, in Sarah Perry’s breathtaking follow-up to The Essex Serpent, it is heading in our direction. Find out more
‘…writing is difficult for everyone, and more difficult for some than for others. And in a society in which some communities are significantly more likely to lack financial privilege those difficulties can stultify and narrow the culture.’ – Sarah Perry, The Guardian
‘Sarah Perry on her struggle to become a writer: ‘I was poor and getting poorer’’ – (The Guardian, 2018)
‘People can sometimes mistake the gothic for maidens called Elsie running around in a nightgown and seeing a ghost, and actually what the gothic always did was look very closely at political and religious and social injustice…’ – Sarah Perry, Independent
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