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The Mermaid

Julia Blackburn

‘The man was still there poised in indecision and staring at the thing which lay heaped at his feet.’

Julia Blackburn

Julia Blackburn’s novels include The Leper’s Companions and My Animals and Other Family. She is also the author of eight works of non-fiction including The Emperor's Last Stand  and Daisy Bates in the Desert: A Woman's Life Among the Aborigines . Her novel, The Book of Colour, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize in 1997. Her most recent book of non-fiction, Threads: The Delicate Life of John Craske was awarded the overall prize in the East Anglia Book Awards 2015.

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