The Mermaid of Black Conch

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March 1976: St Constance, a tiny Caribbean village on the island of Black Conch. A fisherman sings to himself, waiting for a catch – but attracts a sea-dweller he doesn’t expect. A beautiful young woman cursed by jealous wives to live as a mermaid has been swimming the Caribbean Sea for centuries. And she is entranced by the fisherman and and his song. But her fascination is her undoing. She hears his boat’s engine again, follows it, and finds herself at the mercy of American tourists. After a fearsome battle, she is pulled out of the sea and strung up on the dock as a trophy. The fisherman rescues her, and gently wins her trust – as she starts to transform into a woman. The novel’s characters are an unlikely mix: a mermaid, a fisherman, a deaf boy, a Caribbean artist and sweetman and a benevolent white landowner.

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Escape to the ocean this summer with the entrancing, unforgettable winner of the Costa Book of the Year – as read on BBC Radio 4.

‘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

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Weight 0.191 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 1.7 cm
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Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

272

Language

English

Edition

Reprint

Dewey

823.92 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

The Mermaid of Black Conch

£8.99

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