The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey - signed paperback - Winner, Costa Book of the Year 2020
This paperback copy of The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey - winner of the Costa Book of the Year, 2020 - has been signed by the author. This win is a massive, well-deserved success for the Roffey and her publisher, Leeds indie Peepal Tree Press.
Overall Winner, Costa Book of the Year, 2020
Winner, Costa Novel Award 2020
Rathbones Folio Prize 2021 - Longlisted
Set on an imaginary Caribbean island, this tantalising tale of disruption brought about by a beautiful stranger marries mythical elements with the piercing realism of everyday life.
April 1976: St Constance, a tiny Caribbean village on the island of Black Conch, at the start of the rainy season. A fisherman sings to himself in his pirogue, waiting for a catch – but attracts a sea-dweller he doesn’t expect.
Aycayia, 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 this man David and his song.