Elijah’s Mermaid is Essie Fox’s second Victorian novel. It begins with the story of Pearl – a web-toed child who is found half drowned and floating in the Thames one night. When taken to live in a brothel, the girl is protected and pampered until she approaches puberty and suddenly comes to realise that she will soon be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Elijah’s Mermaid merges the worlds of Victorian art and literature with a far more sinister demi-monde. At the heart of this darkly sensual tale is an artist who becomes obsessed with painting his muse as a mermaid or nymph – an obsession that leads to tragic results...

 

He says, "You are my mermaid."