The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar

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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.



Title : The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock
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ISBN : 1911215728
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 496 pages


Reviews


Paromjit rated it ★★★★☆

January 03, 2018

This debut atmospheric historical fiction by Imogen Hermes Gowar is an enthralling tale set in 18th century London, where much is in flux with the world irrevocably changing culturally and so much that is new is being introduced to society such as the tantalising strange foods. It should be made...


Simon rated it ★★★★★

January 21, 2018

I insist you all 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. I need say no more.


Hannah rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 08, 2018

In this historical novel, Jonah Hancock, a widowed merchant, comes into possession of a dead mermaid. While trying to find a way to make money of this, he crosses paths with Angelica Neal, a courtesan whose protector has unexpectedly died. My thoughts on this are very complicated. I don’t think I...


Sara rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 23, 2017

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, I think I was expecting more from this than delivered - and I don't think that's entirely the books fault. I was expecting magical realism, fantasy and mermaids based on the blurb. What I got was a well written historical romance nov...


Evelina | AvalinahsBooks rated it ★★★★☆

January 18, 2018

Keeping in mind the name of the book, this is the rough experience of me reading it: 10% --- hm, super curious. No mermaid, no Mrs Hancock. What is to come of this? 20% --- yes. The mermaid. Still no Mrs Hancock though. But there are other interesting things going on, so no matter! 50% --- o....k...


Emma rated it ★★★★★

December 30, 2017

Superlative immersive historical fiction! Loved it. The writing was evocative with details of sights, sounds, behaviours and vocabulary of the age. There was no way for me to predict how events would turn out, but it was a wonderful read. Heartily recommended to lovers of (Georgian) historical fi...


Claire rated it ★★★★☆

September 19, 2017

One of my favourite books of the year!


Melanie rated it ★★★★☆

January 13, 2018

This has been one of my most anticipated reads for 2018. As a fan of historical fiction, I was excited that Imogen Hermes Gowar has chosen to set her tale in the 18th century London and her description of the town and its people is colourful, atmospheric and drew me right in. The story is sold as...


Cathy rated it ★★★★★

February 04, 2018

Find all my book reviews, plus fascinating author interviews, exclusive guest posts and book extracts, on my blog: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/ The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock is notable for its cast of memorable female characters. There’s Angelica, the beautiful, capricious, independent-...


Emma rated it ★☆☆☆☆

November 09, 2017

First of all, I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I don't think I've ever read a book that was so thoroughly not for me in my life. I really struggled to get through the pages - it took me well over a month to re...





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