Imogen Hermes Gowar - The Mermaid & Mrs Hancock (2nd Hand Paperback)
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 chance meeting will steer both their lives onto a dangerous new course, a journey on which they will learn that priceless things come at the greatest cost . . .
What will be the cost of their ambitions? 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.
- Format : Standard, Thick 2nd Hand Paperback.
- Condition : Good
- Category : Fiction - Historical Fiction
- Published : 2019 (Vintage - Signed, or rather initialled, by the author)
- ISBN : 9781785176142
- SKU : B001554
- PPC : SP400gm
- RRP : £8.99
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
" . . . read Imogen Hermes Gowar’s fabulous debut The Mermaid & Mrs Hancock; a historical romp with wonderful characters, saucy shenanigans, dark glimmering corners of 1700’s society and possibly a mermaid or two. An utter treat." - Goodreads Review.
'A cracking historical novel - with a twinge of the surreal - about passion and obsession, dreams and reality. The story is by turns intriguing, touching, funny, sad and heart-warming. It will make you laugh and it may make you cry. Mostly, though, the cast of endlessly engaging characters will keep you turning the pages until you get to the wholly satisfying ending. The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock is superb.' - The Times.
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.
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