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 CHAMBERSNear 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