The Mermaid of Black Conch
Escape to the ocean this summer with the entrancing, unforgettable winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2020.
‘Mesmerising’ MAGGIE O’FARRELL
‘A unique talent’ BERNARDINE EVARISTO
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
‘Exquisite’ ELIZABETH MACNEAL
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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