Sarah Perry was born in Essex and now lives in Norwich. She has a PhD in creative writing and her first novel, After Me Comes the Flood, was published in 2014. Her second book, The Essex Serpent, was a number one bestseller and has sold more than 500,000 copies. It was nominated for numerous awards including the Costa Book Award for Best Novel and the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and was Waterstones’ Book of the Year 2016. Her third novel, Melmoth is a Sunday Times top ten bestseller.