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Book Review: Nen and the Lonely Fisherman

The book cover of Nen and the lonely fisherman. An LGBTQ love story of merman and underwater adventuring. Showing how diverse our lives all are.

What can we say about this wonderful book that hasn’t already been said? We love a merman-human love story! Daneisha who works on Customer Services has been checking out the smash hit that has taken the book world by storm.

Nen And The Lonely Fisherman

Nen and The Lonely Fisherman is about a merman, called Nen. Although Nen has everything that he could wish for, he still feels something is missing. He goes out at night singing a song to find what is missing but he just can’t find it, until one day he comes across Ernest and feels something new.  This human isn’t like the ones  that his father warned him about. When Ernest hears Nen’s song  they find each other. Which, of course doesn’t go smoothly.

This book challenges stereotypes. We’re used to mermaids not mermen. It’s a refreshing change to the genre.  Unlike in the original Little Mermaid story, no one has to change, and that’s lovely. And of course the lovely gay love story at the centre of the book makes it classic fairytale material.

This story reflects a lot of people’s reality.  Struggling to date or befriend somebody outside of their community. This book shows everybody is different. Nobody is what they seem to be on the outside. And sometimes you need to meet people before you understand your true self.

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We were lucky enough to ask the author, Ian Eagleton, ten questions about the book, his publishing journey, and why diverse fiction matters to him. We also got to chat to the illustrator, James Mayhew! He spoke to us about how important it is to have same-sex love represented in children’s books. It is indisputable that we think this is a thoughtful, stunning, and vital addition to any child’s bookshelf.