A Review | The Mermaid of Black Conch


The Mermaid of Black Conch is the latest arrival from Trinidadian author Monique Roffey and it has already become one of our favourite additions to the Iggy & Burt’s book club. 

Set in the Caribbean, the novel is a rich and vivid tale of a young mermaid who is rescued by a young fisherman. It is a tale of transformation, cultural assimilation and juxtaposition. It is, in every sense, a tale and analogy of the Caribbean itself and the melting pot of that region. In 320 pages Roffey delivers an eloquent, engaging and vivid tale which gently laces together the perpetual history of conflict, assimilation and struggles for self-identity. 

The Mermaid of Black Conch

The Mermaid of Black Conch is a lyrical mix of story and voice. It’s described as a love story and it fulfils that self-description in spades. It’s no surprise to us here at Iggy & Burt’s book club that this novel was the winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2020 (as well as many other awards).

This is perfect escapism for those who need to be transported to landscapes of tranquil blue waters and sandy beaches with intricate and engaging tales of mythical and mystical quality. This isn’t a book to miss.

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