The Mermaid of Black Conch
by Monique Roffey
Books > Fiction
Escape to the ocean this summer with the entrancing, unforgettable winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2020.
‘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