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    The Mermaid of Black Conch

    £8.99
    Recommended by our Board member, Fiammetta Rocco:

    The Caribbean has long been a place that forces us to rethink stories we thought we knew, from The Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhyss’s take on Jane Eyre, to Omeros, Derek Walcott’s epic rewriting of Homer.

    The book that has most opened my eyes this year is Monique Roffey’s The Mermaid of Black Conch, a novel that is as much a reimagining of Pygmalion as a riff on the arrival of the disruptive stranger that changes a community beyond all imagining – but more.

    Described as a “fishy tale of doomed womanhood”, the Costa Book of the Year in 2020 tells of a mermaid who tries to put the sea behind her and the fisherman who snares her and tries to save her. It’s about music, love, loss, and coming to terms with slavery – and it’s the most erotic novel I’ve read in many years. You can’t say more than that: The Mermaid of Black Conch is a magical miracle.

    ISBN: 9781529115499
    AuthorMonique Roffey
    Pub Date10/06/2021
    Pages272
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    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

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    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

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