We boast a wide range of local books, some of which are only available from Serendip. These include:

For Adults

Jane Austen’s Persuasion

Austen’s final novel about Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth, and how Anne allowed societal pressure to persuade her to not to marry the man she loved.

Tracey Chevalier’s Remarkable Creatures

Tracey Chevalier’s novelisation of the life and discoveries of Lyme Regis local hero Mary Anning, who discovered the first correctly identified ichthyosaur skeleton and famously sold ‘sea shells on the sea shore’.

John Fowles’s The French Lieutenant’s Woman

Fowles’s postmodern, historical novel about the love affair between Charles Smithson and Sarah Woodruff.

David Ruffle’s A Twist of Lyme and its sequel, Another Twist of Lyme

David Ruffle’s first foray in to contemporary fiction featuring the Hamilton family, following his series of Sherlock Holmes novels, three of which are set in Lyme Regis.

Sallyann Sheridan’s If Wishes Were Horses

Set around the South West of England, If Wishes Were Horses asks readers to consider a moral dilemma, and how our actions affect other people.

Joan Thomas’ Curiosity

One of many books about local hero Mary Anning, Curiosity uses historical record to build a narrative of the love story between Mary Anning and palaeontologist Henry De la Beche, who presented her revolutionary fossil discoveries to the world.

J.D. Wilson’s Love Songs Tell You Lies

The story of investigative reporter Kelly Webb, who visits Lyme Regis to secure an interview and gets more than he bargained for.

For Children:


Penelope Lively’s A Stitch in Time

A story about Maria, a young girl with a vivid imagination. Maria finds an embroidered picture and develops a connection to the Victorian girl Harriet who stitched it.

Laurence Anholt’s Stone girl Bone Girl

A picture book telling the story of Mary Anning, with illustrations of Lyme Regis by Shelia Moxley.

Catherine Brighton’s The Fossil Girl

Using illustrations in the form of a comic strip, Catherine Brighton tells the story of Lyme hero Mary Anning.

Janis Lane’s Meet the Ecosaurs

A story from the Jurassic Coast about Tabitha and James, who learn about the heritage of the Jurassic Coast from their friendly local, Ecosaurs.

Graham Oakley’s The Church Mice Take a Break

Part of the much-loved Church Mice series, this picture book sees the Church Mice and ca\t Sampson take a holiday to Lyme Regis.