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Monique Roffey


Monique Roffey

Monique Roffey is a senior lecturer in creative writing at the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is the author of seven books, four of which are set in Trinidad and the Caribbean region. THE MERMAID OF BLACK CONCH won the 2020 Costa Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for several other major prizes. Roffey’s work has appeared in The New York Review of Books, Wasafiri and The Independent. She was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, and educated in the United Kingdom.

Monique Roffey

Books by Monique Roffey

by Monique Roffey - Fiction, Magical Realism

In 1976, David is fishing off the island of Black Conch when he comes upon a mermaid by the name of Aycayia. Once a beautiful young woman, she was cursed by jealous wives to live in this form for the rest of her days. But after the mermaid is caught by American tourists, David rescues and hides her away in his home, finding that, once out of the water, she begins to transform back into a woman. Now David must work to win Aycayia's trust while she relearns what it is to be human, navigating not only her new body but also her relationship with others on the island. As David and Aycayia grow to love each other, they juggle both the joys and the dangers of life on shore. But will the former mermaid be able to escape her curse?

by Monique Roffey - Fiction

When a flood destroys Gavin Weald’s home, tearing apart his family and his way of life, he doesn’t know how to continue. A year later, he returns to his rebuilt home and tries to start again, but when the new rainy season arrives, so do his daughter’s nightmares about the torrents, and life there becomes unbearable.