You should take a look at these books.
They're all published by
O'Reilly, and that's good.
(No, I'm not endorsing them, but I think their books are
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There are many others, but these are best for beginners. (And you need enough time to read through them :) ).
- Learning Perl, aka "The Llama book", definitely the first book for beginners. One of the authors is merlyn.
- Programming Perl, aka "The Camel Book" or "The Bible". You need this.
- Perl Cookbook, aka "The Ram book". Lots of small code snippets useful everywhere.
- Perl In A Nutshell, aka "The Camel Head book". Get this if you need a handy, but complete reference.