Melmoth (Hardback)

Sunday Times Bestseller

Sarah Perry

From the author of THE ESSEX SERPENT comes a dazzlingly inventive and deeply moving novel that speaks urgently to our times

THE NEW SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE ESSEX SERPENT

OBSERVER BEST FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE

'A beautiful, devastating, brilliant book' Marian Keyes

'Astonishingly dark, rich storytelling, exquisitely balanced between gothic shocks and emotional truth' Francis Spufford

'Mythic, ominous and sensitively human, Melmoth is haunting in all the best ways' Frances Hardinge

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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 her sheltered life is about to change.

A strange manuscript has come into her possession. 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. Helen can't stop reading, or shake the feeling that someone 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.

Publication date: 02/10/2018

£16.99

ISBN: 9781788160650

Imprint: Serpent's Tail

Subject: Fiction

Melmoth (Ebook)

Sunday Times Bestseller

Sarah Perry

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THE NEW SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE ESSEX SERPENT

'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.

Publication date: 02/10/2018

£6.99

ISBN: 9781782834557

Imprint: Serpent's Tail

Subject: Fiction

Melmoth (Paperback)

Sunday Times Bestseller

Sarah Perry

THE NEW SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE ESSEX SERPENT

'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.

Publication date: 03/10/2019

£8.99

ISBN: 9781788160674

Imprint: Serpent's Tail

Subject: Fiction

Sarah Perry

Sarah Perry

Sarah Perry is the author of Essex Girls, Melmoth, The Essex Serpent and After Me Comes the Flood. She has been the UNESCO City of Literature writer-in-residence in Prague and a Gladstone's Library writer-in-residence. Her work has been translated into twenty two languages. She lives in Norwich

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