The Mermaid of Black Conch

Winner Costa Book of the Year 2020

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Publisher's Synopsis

Escape to the ocean 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


'Wonderful' BRIDGET COLLINS


'Brilliant' CLARE CHAMBERS



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

About the Publisher

Vintage

Vintage

Vintage is a highly respected paperback publisher of contemporary fiction and non-fiction, publishing writers like Philip Roth, Martin Amis and Toni Morrison. There are many Booker and Nobel Prize-winning authors on the Vintage list such as Kingsley Amis, A S Byatt, J M Coetzee, Ismail Kadare, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, Anne Enright, Iris Murdoch, Roddy Doyle and Ben Okri, to name a few.

Book information

ISBN: 9781529115499
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Vintage
Pub date:
Edition: Winner Costa Book of the Year 2020
DEWEY: 823.92
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 192g
Height: 128mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 22mm