Publication Date: 10/06/2021 ISBN: 9781529115499 Category:

The Mermaid of Black Conch

Monique Roffey

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication Date: 10/06/2021 ISBN: 9781529115499 Category:
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Escape to the ocean with the entrancing, unforgettable winner of the Costa Book of the Year – as read on BBC Radio 4.


‘Mesmerising’ MAGGIE O’FARRELL

Near the island of Black Conch, a fisherman sings to himself while waiting for a catch. But David attracts a sea-dweller that he never expected – Aycayia, an innocent young woman cursed by jealous wives to live as a mermaid.

When American tourists capture Aycayia, David rescues her and vows to win her trust. Slowly, painfully, she transforms into a woman again. Yet as their love grows, they discover that the world around them is changing – and they cannot escape the curse for ever . . .

‘A bittersweet love story . . . A joy to read’ BBC News

‘A fiercely modern mermaid story’ The Times

‘Wondrous . . . A striking achievement’ Sunday Times

‘Not your standard mermaid’ MARGARET ATWOOD

Publisher Review

Sensuous, beguiling . . . Roffey's tale convincingly transplants a mythical creature into a modern setting . . . Wondrous * Sunday Times * Wonderfully written, with both soul and intense drama - it glistens almost, like the mermaid! -- Diana Evans, author of Ordinary People Magical touches blend with precise realism in this bittersweet tale of a mermaid trying to put the sea behind her * Observer * Arresting . . . Truly original . . . deftly weaving myth, feminism, humour * Daily Mail * Extraordinary, beautifully written . . . We found it completely compelling . . . It feels like a classic in the making -- Costa Judges, 2020 Hugely entertaining . . . A joy to read, brimming with memorable characters * BBC News * The tantalising story of a mermaid loved and feared in equal measure . . . A book for our time -- Ingrid Persaud, author of Love After Love A dark love story between a fisherman and a mermaid torn from the sea . . . Moving * Independent *

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