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

Monique Roffey - The Mermaid Of Black Conch