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Publisher Description

A spellbinding magical adventure. Master storyteller Helen Dunmore writes the story of Sapphire and her brother Conor, and their discovery of INGO, a powerful and exciting world under the sea.

You’ll find the mermaid of Zennor inside Zennor church. She fell in love with a human, but she was a Mer creature and so she couldn’t come to live with him up in the dry air. She swam up the stream to hear him sing, then one day he swam down it and was never seen again. He became one of the Mer people…

Sapphire’s father told her that story when she was little. When he is lost at sea she can’t help but think of that old myth; she’s convinced he’s still alive.

The following summer her brother Conor keeps disappearing for hours on end. She goes to the cove to find him, but instead meets Faro, an enigmatic and intriguing Merman. He takes her to Ingo and introduces her to a world she never knew existed. She must let go of all her Air thoughts and embrace the sea and all things Mer.

After her first visit she is entranced – merely the sound of running water makes her yearn to be in Ingo once more. Ingo blood runs strongly in Sapphy and Conor fears she will leave the Air world for good. He pleads with her to ignore her craving for the sea and stay safely in their cottage up on the cliff.

But not only is Sapphy intoxicated by the Mer world, she longs to see her father once more. And she’s sure she can hear him singing across the water…
“I wish I was away in Ingo
Far across the briny sea…”


‘…the lyrical writing and Dunmore’s intense sympathy…for all she describes, makes this a perfect book with which to wind up the summer holidays, or to recollect them.’ Amanda Craig, The Times

About the author

Helen Dunmore was an award-winning novelist, poet and children's writer, who will be remembered for the wisdom, lyricism, compassion and immersive beauty of her writing. In her lifetime, she published eight collections of poetry, many novels for both adults and children, and two collections of short stories. She won the Orange Prize for Fiction with her novel A Spell of Winter, her novel The Siege was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Whitbread Prize for Fiction, and her final poetry collection Inside the Wave won the 2017 Costa Book of the Year.

Kids & Young Adults
Niamh Cusack
hr min
28 May

Customer Reviews

kayleighv ,

a fantastic read

i preferred reading the book but i enjoyed listening to it. I think listening to the book being read gives it a whole new perspective. Helen Dunmore is a brilliant author. The next book in the series is called The Tide Knot and i cant wait until it comes out in audio book!!

louisa ,

simply beautiful

As an audiobook for a car journey this is a beautiful story that can transport you faster than you think to places you were not expecting to go. We really enjoyed every minute and Niamh Cusack's voice is spellbinding.

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