The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar

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. Its arrival spins him out of his ordinary existence and through the...

Details The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

TitleThe Mermaid and Mrs Hancock
Release DateJan 25th, 2018
PublisherHarvill Secker
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Magical Realism, Fiction

Reviews The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

  • Hannah
    My feelings about this are complicated. It is beautifully written with wonderfully immersive descriptions but both the plot and the characters did not quite work for me. At times excruciatingly slow I don’t think I can give this a higher rating. I will have to gather my thoughts.Review to come.
  • 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 realism, fantasy and mermaids based on the blurb. What I got was a well written historical romance novel, steeped in descriptive prose that felt a little flat to me.The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock follows a humble merchant and his love for a courtesan, whom h...
  • 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 turn out, but it was a wonderful read. Heartily recommended to lovers of (Georgian) historical fiction.Many thanks to Netgalley for an arc of this book. All opinions are my own.
  • Claire
    One of my favourite books of the year!
  • Emma
    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 read, even though I've been known to read books of equal length in two days flat - and I just never warmed to it at all.I'll start with the good points, ju...
  • Kate Neilan
    Utterly bewitching, completely charming, deeply moving. This beautifully written novel is everything I could have hoped for. Bravo!
  • Nicola Clingham
    ‘The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock’ was advertised to fans of ‘The Miniaturist’, ‘Golden Hill’ and ‘The Essex Serpent’, so I jumped at the chance to read it and this book definitely did not disappoint. The novel is set in the 18th century and follows a number of plot threads: these include the merchant Mr Hancock trying to make his fortune and attempting to dazzle the public with his rare find; an ex-courtesan and widow at the turning p...
  •  Natasa
    Immerse yourself in the story of London at the end of the 18th century. Find the place where everything seems possible, where, at one point, you may be at the bottom of the social ladder, and already in the next one, town could be under your feet. What can happen when you are in a city like that while one of the most mystical creatures, a subject of so many unexplained legends, is in your hands!?Late one evening, while someone knocks on his door,...
  • Thebooktrail
    image: Visit the locations in the novel1700s LondonMerchants, 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 and courtesans together then you have the full focus of a historically intriguing read.The author has a knack for evoking London of the 1700s. The ships in the dock, the sten...
  • Nkisha
    (I received a copy of this book through NetGalley from Random House UK in exchange for an honest review)This story is an exciting historical romance with many unexpected twists and turns which made for an enjoyable read. The story is based on two central characters Mr Hancock and Angelica Neal who are from very different walks of life whose paths would not have crossed if it wasn’t for one Mermaid and the meddling of other people. Both characte...