The Mermaid of Black Conch

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Winner of the 2020 Cost Book Award.

Winner of the 2020 Costa Novel Award.

Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2020

Features original music created for the audiobook.

March 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.

'Monique Roffey is a unique talent and most daring and versatile of writers' — Bernardine Evaristo

‘Sensuous, beguiling, but without whimsy … a striking achievement.’ — The Sunday Times

‘Not your standard mermaid.’ – @MargaretAtwood


  • Chapter 0

    Duration: 19s
  • Chapter 1 Part 1

    Duration: 19min
  • Chapter 2 Part 1

    Duration: 52min
  • Chapter 3 Part 1

    Duration: 01h03min
  • Chapter 4 Part 1

    Duration: 52min
  • Chapter 5 Part 1

    Duration: 46min
  • Chapter 6 Part 1

    Duration: 39min
  • Chapter 7 Part 1

    Duration: 01h05min
  • Chapter 8 Part 1

    Duration: 38min
  • Chapter 9 Part 1

    Duration: 27min
  • Chapter 10 Part 1

    Duration: 28min
  • Chapter 11 Part 1

    Duration: 21min
  • Chapter 12 Part 2

    Duration: 01min