The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

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 This voyage is special. It will change everything? One September evening in 1785, the merchant Jonah ...

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Title:The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock
Author:Imogen Hermes Gowar
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:496 pages pages

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock Reviews

  • Sara
    Nov 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 histori...
  • Peter Boyle
    Mar 19, 2018
    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 from a voyage with a "mermaid" in tow (really a monkey's torso with a fishtail attached...
  • MaryannC.Book Fiend
    Apr 27, 2018
    A book I savoured, that is why it took a little while to read I didn't want rush through it. Sometimes bawdy and a little naughty. ...
  • Rachel
    Apr 23, 2018
    The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock, a historical novel set in 1780s London, follows Jonah Hancock, a merchant who finds himself in possession of a mermaid, and Angelica Neal, a courtesan whose protector has recently died. Their narratives intersect rather early on, and the novel mostly follo...
  • Melanie
    Dec 27, 2017
    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 s...
  • Ova Incekaraoglu
    Feb 28, 2018
    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 review Astonishing storytelling and highly atmospheric, surprising to believe it's a debut novel. Has a few flaws here and there but I loved it so much wouldn't let anyo...
  • Simon
    Jan 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. ...
  • Cathy
    Feb 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, caprici...
  • Kate Neilan
    May 24, 2017
    Utterly bewitching, completely charming, deeply moving. This beautifully written novel is everything I could have hoped for. Bravo! ...
  • Emma
    Dec 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) hi...
  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
    Jan 17, 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...
  • Claire
    Sep 19, 2017
    One of my favourite books of the year! ...
  • Helene Jeppesen
    Jun 14, 2018
    What a wonderful, whimsical book! I admit I found this novel very daunting because of its size and because of its plot which has to do with mermaids and is in addition historical fiction. For that reason, I was hesitant to pick it up, and I let it stay put on my bookshelves for several...
  • Noelia Alonso
    May 13, 2018
    This book is well-written, I enjoyed the setting and the atmosphere of the story. Gowar does tackle some interesting topics but ultimately this book did not meet my expectations. I didn't hate it but I also didn't love it - I was just disappointed with it. The plot and pacing were its ...
  • Umut Rados
    Feb 28, 2018
    This post will be me raving about how good this book was! It?s the best book I?ve read this year so far, and probably one of my all time favourites. For full review, please visit my blog: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... First, let me put a disclaimer. If you don?t enjoy...
  • Thebooktrail
    Dec 03, 2017
    image: Visit the locations in the novel 1700s London Merchants, mystery and mermaids....what?s not to like!? Now, this book is not as focused on the mermaid as you might think from the blurb but take the mermaid as a mystery in the background which draws the world of traders ...
  • Jonathan Pool
    May 30, 2018
    It can?t be easy to write a novel set in the c.18th and to capture the language of the times, and the atmosphere. I thought Imogen Hermes Gowar did a great job and wrote very well, with a superb vocabulary of unusual words. It is very Dickensian in its portrayal of character- but th...
  • Eric Anderson
    Apr 22, 2018
    What a joy it was reading this novel! And I'm so glad I purposely saved it as the last book to read from The Women's Prize longlist. I had a hunch it'd be a pleasurable and immersive story and it was. It's the kind of book I was eager to get back to every time I had to put it down whic...
  • Jennifer
    Mar 02, 2018
    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 sentence-by-sentence writing, which is incredibly poised and nuanced (especially for ...
  • Gumble's Yard
    Mar 02, 2018
    UPDATE: I said in my review that the book had a strong chance of success in the Women's Prize, it was subsequently longlisted and has now made the shortlist I spent much of the second half of 2017 and early 2018 reading experimental fiction: the Goldsmith shortlist; various books ...
  • Paromjit
    Jan 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 shou...
  • Hannah
    Sep 07, 2017
    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...
  • Roger Brunyate
    Feb 28, 2018
    Three books, each different, but mostly quite good Apparently, this debut novel was the subject of a bidding war between British publishers and became the most eagerly awaited new fiction of the season. It deserves such interest. Imogen Hermes Gowar?s writing ranges from good to e...
  • Hannah Greendale
    Mar 29, 2018
    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 mermaid?s corpse, and a courtesan frets over her waning beauty. Magical realism i...
  • Dannii Elle
    May 22, 2018
    Actual rating 4.5/5 stars. This is my ninth book read in the Women's Prize for Fiction longlist. A merchant comes into far more fortune than he could have ever perceived owning, but with it comes the realisation of the extent of his own happiness and just how much his new situation ...
  • Emma
    Nov 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 ove...
  • Shawn Mooney
    Feb 18, 2018
    I listened to about 20% of this on audio, wonderfully narrated by Juliet Stevenson, so wonderfully that it took me that long to conclude I was listening to a well-written piece of fluff, the literary equivalent of a Disney movie. ...
  • Meike
    Mar 25, 2018
    The German version of this book is published by Bastei in its division ?Bastei Entertainment? ? and the book is entertaining indeed! First-time novelist Imogen Hermes Gowar takes the reader to 18th century London with a tale about the ambivalent relation between ambition and happ...
  • Lieblingsleseplatz
    Jun 10, 2018
    Ein Buch, von dem ich GANZ ANDERES erwartet hatte? Aber erstmal eine Lobeshymne an die Gestaltung: Das Cover ist wunderwunderschön ? das Gold glitzert und glänzt und das Muster zieht sich bis auf die Innenseiten fort. Ein wahres Schmuckstück. Wie die Meerjungfrau. Nicht....
  • Cendaquenta
    Mar 17, 2018
    Lovely book outside and in. Not the heaviest on plot, more of a character piece, and to its credit the characters are all very interesting, if not entirely likeable. Although I felt some of their subplots were deserving of more attention than they got, particularly Polly's. The book's ...