Monique Roffey: The Mermaid of Black Conch

Monique Roffey: The Mermaid of Black Conch

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'Mesmerising' – Maggie O'Farrell
'A unique talent' – Bernadine 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