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
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