Once there was a man who fell in love with a mermaid. He swam down into the sea to be with her, and was never seen again… Sapphire’s father told her that story when she was little. When he’s lost at sea she can’t help but think of the old myth. Then, the following summer, Sapphy meets Faro – an enigmatic Mer boy. Diving down into Ingo, she discovers an intoxicating world of pure sea hidden beneath the crags of Cornwall’s Zennor coast. But Sapphy doesn’t just crave the wild world below the waves; she longs to see her father once more. And she’s sure she can hear him singing across the water: I wish I was away in Ingo, far across the briny sea…

  • A haunting, sea-drenched tale steeped in myth and legend
  • By Orange Prize winner Helen Dunmore, who died in 2017
  • Helen was one of the greatest writers of her generation
  • Her adult books included Birdcage Walk and The Siege

“Ingo has a haunting, dangerous beauty all of its own.” Philip Ardagh

“The electric thrill of swimming with dolphins, of racing along currents, and of leaving the world of reason and caution behind are described with glorious intensity.” Amanda Craig

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    9 March 2014

  • Beautiful, believeable. I have never looked at the sea the same way again!

    5 March 2014

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    I absolutely loved this book, because it is all about the sea and animals like dolphins and whales(whales are in the 2nd and 3rd book)

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    i think this book is amazing if you have read the my story collection then youll love this book by hellen dunmore at the momment im reading lots of books one of them stormswept by hellen dunmore theres other books by hellen such as The tide knot ,The deep and if you like this auther then read books such as glubbslyme by jacqueline wilson

    8 June 2012

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    Helen Dunmore won the first Orange Prize with her adult novel A Spell of Winter.

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