The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock

The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock

A Novel

by Imogen Hermes Gowar

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 29/01/2018

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**Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018**

A spellbinding story of curiosity, love and obsession from an astonishing new talent.

This voyage is special. It will change everything...

One September evening in 1785, the merchant Jonah Hancock hears urgent knocking on his front door. One of his captains is waiting eagerly on the step. He has sold Jonah's ship for what appears to be a mermaid.

As gossip spreads through the docks, coffee shops, parlours and brothels, everyone wants to see Mr Hancock's marvel. Its arrival spins him out of his ordinary existence and through the doors of high society. At an opulent party, he makes the acquaintance of Angelica Neal, the most desirable woman he has ever laid eyes on... and a courtesan of great accomplishment. This meeting will steer both their lives onto a dangerous new course, on which they will learn that priceless things come at the greatest cost.

Where will their ambitions lead? And will they be able to escape the destructive power mermaids are said to possess?

In this spell-binding story of curiosity and obsession, Imogen Hermes Gowar has created an unforgettable jewel of a novel, filled to the brim with intelligence, heart and wit.

ISBN:
9781911215738
9781911215738
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
29-01-2018
Language:
English
Publisher:
Penguin Random House
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
496
Dimensions (mm):
234x153x34mm
Weight:
0.64kg
Imogen Hermes Gowar

Imogen Hermes Gowar studied Archaeology, Anthropology and Art History before going on to work in museums. She began to write fiction inspired by the artefacts she worked with, and in 2013 won the Malcolm Bradbury Memorial Scholarship to study for an MA in Creative Writing at UEA.

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock was a finalist in the MsLexia First Novel Competition and shortlisted for the inaugural Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers’ Award.

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