Thursday, December 10, 2020

Top ten books about mermaids

Monique Roffey is a London-based novelist who teaches creative writing in the UK, Trinidad, Cuba and Greece. Her novel The White Woman on the Green Bicycle (Simon and Schuster UK) was shortlisted for the Orange Prize in 2010.

Roffey's latest novel, The Mermaid of Black Conch, is nominated for the Costa novel of the year award.

At the Guardian she tagged ten mermaid books she's admired and been inspired by, including:
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar

Written by a debut writer, this is the real deal mermaid mystery – the hybrid creature captured and living a melancholy existence as some man’s love object. It’s a love story, fish story and rollicking historical drama all rolled into one, set in Georgian England. Buy it for the gorgeous language and descriptions of the tragically doubly entrapped fish-woman herself. Probably my favourite book on the list.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue