Shortlisted for...

Young Adult


Deep beneath the sea, off the cold Irish coast, Gaia is a young mermaid who dreams of freedom from her controlling father.


On her first swim to the surface, she is drawn towards a human boy. She longs to join his carefree world, but how much will she have to sacrifice?


What will it take for the little mermaid to find her voice?


Hans Christian Andersen's original fairy tale is reimagined through a searing feminist lens, with the stunning, scalpel-sharp writing and world building that has won Louise her legions of devoted fans.


A book with the darkest of undercurrents, full of rage and rallying cries: storytelling at its most spellbinding.

About the Author

Louise O’ Neill is the commercially and critically acclaimed author of Only Ever Yours and Asking For It. She is a multiple award-winner, including The Bookseller's YA Book Prize for her debut and Book of the Year at the Irish Books Awards 2015 for her second.


Louise is a freelance journalist for a variety of Irish national newspapers and magazines, covering feminist issues, fashion and pop culture, and she has a weekly column in the Irish Examiner.

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