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Monique Roffey

Monique Roffey: The Mermaid of Black Conch (Winner of the Costa Book Award 2020)

Saturday 29 May | 2 - 3pm

£4-8 + £1.50 booking fee Venue: Derby Theatre, DE1 2NF

You can buy tickets for either an in-person event or a live stream event

It is hard to categorise The Mermaid of Black Conch – a love story, Caribbean mythology, a historical novel, a novel about women's rights and race – it is unique!

Set in 1976 on a tiny Caribbean island, David, a local fisherman goes out on his daily fishing trip, singing to himself and playing his guitar. Aycayia, a beautiful young woman cursed by jealous wives to live as a mermaid, has been swimming the Caribbean Sea for centuries. She becomes entranced by David and his song and they form a bond. During the annual Marlin fishing competition, Aycayia is caught and is perceived as a much bigger prize. Rescued by David, the couple face ruin.

The Mermaid of Black Conch is Monique's seventh novel and, not only did it win the Costa Book Award 2020, it was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2020 and longlisted for the Rathbones/Folio Award.

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Image copyright Marcus Bastel.

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