The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock Review

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.

Title:The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Hannah Greendale

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. A coquettish gallivant through 1780’s London, where a man’s life is upended by the gift of an infant merma...

  • Paromjit

    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 tha...

  • Simon

    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...

  • Hannah

    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...

  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks

    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...

  • Jennifer

    Video review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luHZE...An impressive novel set in 1780s London that reflects on class, prostitution (in various forms), and desire. The best thing about it is the s...

  • Sara

    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 reali...

  • Ova Incekaraoglu

    This is by far the best read of the year for me so far and will be an all-time favourite. Click here for the full reviewAstonishing storytelling and highly atmospheric, surprising to believe it's a de...

  • Emma

    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 ...

  • Peter Boyle

    Jonah Hancock, a widowed merchant, lives a lonely life in a dark Deptford house, with only his young niece Sukie for company. His world is flipped upside down when one of his ship's captains returns f...