The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock Imogen Hermes Gowar


A clever, mesmerising and immersive tale of merchants, prostitutes and mermaids set in 18th century London.

I loved it!

‘For mermaids are the most unnatural of creatures and their hearts are empty of love’

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A cracking historical novel – with a twinge of the surreal – about passion and obsession The Times SHORLISTED FOR THE WOMENS PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018 One September evening in 1785, the merchant Jonah Hancock finds one of his captains waiting eagerly on his doorstep. He has sold Jonahs ship for what appears to be a mermaid. As gossip spreads through the docks, coffee shops, parlours and brothels, everyone wants to see Mr Hancocks marvel. Its arrival spins him out of his ordinary existence and through the doors of high society, where he meets 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. What will be the cost of their ambitions? And will they be able to escape the legendary destructive power a mermaid is said to possess?

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