YA Book Prize 2019 Shortlisted

The Surface Breaks by Louise O'Neill

The Surface Breaks

Louise O'Neill


Deep beneath the sea, off the cold Irish coast, Gaia is a young mermaid who dreams of freedom from her controlling father. On her first swim to the surface, she is drawn towards a human boy. She longs to join his carefree world, but how much will she have to sacrifice?

What will it take for the little mermaid to find her voice?

Louise O'Neill grew up in Clonakilty, a small town in West Cork, Ireland. Her first novel, 2014’s Only Ever Yours won the Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year at the 2014 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards; the Children’s Books Ireland Eilís Dillon Award; and The Bookseller‘s inaugural YA Book Prize 2015.  Louise’s second novel, 2015’s Asking For It, was voted Book of the Year at the Irish Books Awards 2015 and spent 52 consecutive weeks in the Irish top 10 bestseller list. Her first novel for adults, Almost Love, was published in March 2018, followed by The Surface Breaks in May 2018. Find her on Twitter at @oneilllo.