East Anglia is rich in local marine legend, and its coastal lore illustrates wider themes in the complex relationship of human beings with the ocean’s beauties and dangers. Their enduring symbol is the mermaid, whose cultural history spans three thousand years, embracing ancient myth, medieval imagery of sin and lust, and Victorian fascination with the forbidden feminine.
Sophia Kingshill is the author of Mermaids (Little Toller, 2015), and other books of folklore and fiction.
‘intriguing, gorgeously produced’ Samantha Ellis, The Spectator on Mermaids
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