The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock
What a joy it was reading this novel! 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 which is something I can't say about some other literary novels no matter how clever or interesting they are. The mermaid element comes to stand for something more emotional and rooted in the real world later in the novel. Their stories collide in a richly imagined version of lateth century London with its bawdy houses of ill repute and emerging middle class neighbourhoods. Fans of Sarah Waters are likely to enjoy this novel for Gowar's incredibly engaging prose style and the rich way she reimagines this historical period without making her research too evident. For instance, in one part a woman visits a household where she drinks a great deal of tea and in the carriage back has an urgent need to urinate.
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock was a finalist in the MsLexia First Novel Competition and shortlisted for the inaugural Deborah Rogers.
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The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock - Georgian London & Women in Business w/ Imogen Hermes Gowar
One September evening in , the merchant Jonah Hancock finds one of his captains waiting eagerly on his doorstep. 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 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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