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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 is as glittering and elusive as a mercurial sea nymph The pacing is a slow stream, but the prose is an aphrodisiac A promising debut Gowar is an author to watch 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 is as glittering and elusive as a mercurial sea nymph The pacing is a slow stream, but the prose is an aphrodisiac A promising debut Gowar is an author to watch I insist you all read Imogen Hermes Gowar s fabulous debut The Mermaid 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 noI 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 What a surprise What a discovery The novel is truly amazing regarding the plot and the language I felt like I was reading a book written in the 18th century The period details, tea bowls and coffee shops among others, are marvellous, which does not surprise as the Author has worked for several museums But what really swept me off my feet sofa was incorporating a shell grotto which reminds me of famous Pope s grotto at Twickenham This novel is simply outstanding 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 clear the fantasy element suggested by the mermaid in the title stays in the background until the latter stages of the story It is 1785, and John Hancock, merchant, frets over the possible loss of one o 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 clear the fantasy element suggested by the mermaid in the title stays in the background until the latter stages of the story It is 1785, and John Hancock, merchant, frets over the possible loss of one of his ships A captain of one of his ship s informs him excitedly that he has sold his ship to purchase a mermaid , a dead thing with the tail of a fish and the body of a monkey Initially Hancock feels it is of precious little value only to find he is mistaken and off the mark There are widespread rumours and curiosity for the weird mermaid and people are willing to pay to see it Hancock finds himself in a scenario he never expected to be in, he comes to enter a wider society and connects with elements of London he has no experience of He meets the most famous courtesan in London, Angelica Neal, and an unconventional romance blossoms between the odd couple However, their path to true love is littered with obstacles It is said that the power of mermaids is to destroy, but is this so The role and magic of the mermaid becomes central closer to end of the novel Gowar s prose is beautiful, overflowing with wonderful descriptions and rich period details London is evoked brilliantly with its changes in society, the theatres, the brothels, the coffee houses, the villainy, the dangers, the dirt and the stench This is not a perfect book by any stretch of the imagination, but I loved reading it, finding myself immersed in the world created by Gowar A great read Many thanks to Random House Vintage for an ARC 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 weeks One day, however, I decided it was time to read it, and from the very first chapters I knew that this was not at all the daunting story I was expecting Instead, it started out with the most intriguing plot 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 weeks One day, however, I decided it was time to read it, and from the very first chapters I knew that this was not at all the daunting story I was expecting Instead, it started out with the most intriguing plot, written in a perfectly accessible language, that had me want to keep going and not put down this novel The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock is about Mr Hancock who is one day told by one of his hired captains, that the captain has sold his ship in trade for a mermaid What is one to do with a mermaid That is was Mr Hancock sets out to find out Meanwhile, we follow Angelica who works in a whorehouse and has no scrupples when it comes to men and her own reputation The mermaid in this book servesas a gateway to the lives of Mr Hancock and Angelica, so that the mermaid who is actually the focal point of the story is also put very much in the background throughout most of the novel I loved the character development in this beautifully crafted book I loved how it was written in a way that convinced you it was set in the 1700s, but at the same time it has some scenes that are so candid and honest that you can t help but be surprised and enthralled The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock is one of those books that had so many memorable scenes in it that, at one point, I had to stop my reading and write them down I am still perplexed at how much this book took me by surprise, and I believe that it is a beautifully crafted and whimsical story from beginning till end The Mermaid And Mrs Hancock, the debut novel by Imogen Hermes Gowar is set in London in the year 1785 Mr Hancock is a mild mannered widower and moderately successful merchant As the novel opens he s very worried His ship, with full cargo, has not returned from a trading voyage After a long, tense period of waiting there is a knock on the door His ship s captain, in a state of great excitement explains that the ship is noIn his travels about the globe Captain Tysoe Jones made the dram The Mermaid And Mrs Hancock, the debut novel by Imogen Hermes Gowar is set in London in the year 1785 Mr Hancock is a mild mannered widower and moderately successful merchant As the novel opens he s very worried His ship, with full cargo, has not returned from a trading voyage After a long, tense period of waiting there is a knock on the door His ship s captain, in a state of great excitement explains that the ship is noIn his travels about the globe Captain Tysoe Jones made the dramatic decision to sell the vessel to raise money for an extraordinary purchase the desiccated, twisted, frightening remains of a mermaid This amazing curio, never before seen, will surely make Mr Hancock s fortune so agues the Captain Mr Hancock is extremely sceptical and extremely angry, but without any other options, decides to make the best of a bad job and attempts to raise money through this strange and otherworldly object The scene is set for a picturesque romp through the teeming wharves, poverty stricken alleyways, gentrified squares and quaint rural areas, all of which we now know as inner London The sights, sounds and smells of the time roll off the page.The theme of mermaids and how they lure sailors onto the rocks seems to chime with the plight of some of the women in the novel who, in these deeply misogynistic times, use their femininity to lure men to gain influence, riches or simply to survive.Angelica Neal the grand but fickle courtesan is a wonderfully flawed and nuanced character and a key player in the story.Part gritty and realistic, part whimsical and magical, this story of eighteenth century life is well told There are touching moments, lots of humour, some beautifully colourful writing and characters that I became attached to.The Mermaid And Mrs Hancock is a long novel and the story meanders a little, but once I entered its finely wrought world I didn t want to leave |Book ⚆ The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock ⚒ This voyage is special It will change everything One September evening in , 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 mermaidAs 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 costWhere 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 This was my pick for the September 2018 Book of the Month box DNF Page 149 496Its appearance is unbeautiful It is not what people expect of a mermaidFriends, life is just too short to read books that feel like a chore On top of racist comments, use of slurs for Romani people, questionable antisemitic speech, slut shaming, and other gross things because of historical accuracy Miss me with all that, please And the last chapter I finished 14 literally had a questionable or This was my pick for the September 2018 Book of the Month box DNF Page 149 496Its appearance is unbeautiful It is not what people expect of a mermaidFriends, life is just too short to read books that feel like a chore On top of racist comments, use of slurs for Romani people, questionable antisemitic speech, slut shaming, and other gross things because of historical accuracy Miss me with all that, please And the last chapter I finished 14 literally had a questionable orgy going on so that men could fulfill their fantasy of having sex with mermaids Life is too short, friends Way too short But this is a book set in 1785 London, where a merchant named Mr Hancock receives a dead mermaid Said dead mermaid is shown at local exhibit and the entire country goes wild over it I didn t get far enough to actually see who becomes the new Mrs Hancock, but I pity her anyway I will say that this book probably does get better, because it was shortlisted for The Women s Prize for Fiction in 2018, but I just can t keep reading this I hope if you pick this one up that you ll haveenjoyment than I did Happy reading, friends Blog Instagram Twitter Tumblr Youtube TwitchBuddy read with Destiny at readingmydestiny Keeping in mind the name of the book, this is the rough experience of me reading it10% 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.kay Back to square one But I m attached to the characters by now There s still half the book WHY is it called that though75%it seems everything is settled At least we ve got Mrs HancocKeeping in mind the name of the book, this is the rough experience of me reading it10% 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.kay Back to square one But I m attached to the characters by now There s still half the book WHY is it called that though75%it seems everything is settled At least we ve got Mrs Hancock now Never you mind that mermaid But what could still happen85%err, okay Well at least the name works out Kind of wish it didn t thoughfeels91%oh again, did not expect this Although it s a nope from me Y U do dis, characters You could just be happy instead, maybe100%right Alright I can settle on that.Read the rest of the review and my thoughts on it here on my blog.Read Post on My Blog My Bookstagram Bookish Twitter 4 lyrical stars to The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock In 1780s London, Jonah Hancock is a merchant and owns a ship A captain knocks on his door urgently with the news he s sold Hancock s ship in return for a mermaid Word of the mermaid spreads quickly like sensational things do, and everyone wants to lay eyes on the sight This mermaid is the key to Hancock climbing into high society, and that he does, with speed.It is at a most prestigious party that Hancock meets the alluring 4 lyrical stars to The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock In 1780s London, Jonah Hancock is a merchant and owns a ship A captain knocks on his door urgently with the news he s sold Hancock s ship in return for a mermaid Word of the mermaid spreads quickly like sensational things do, and everyone wants to lay eyes on the sight This mermaid is the key to Hancock climbing into high society, and that he does, with speed.It is at a most prestigious party that Hancock meets the alluring Angelica Neal Two ambitious minds have now collided, and their futures are full of intrigue The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock is a big, larger than life, smart story It spotlights those strange curiosities of the time and is full of atmosphere The writing is lyrical and stunning setting up a vivid sense of time and place I found it immersive and all consuming.You should know there is not as much true magic or fantasy in the story as one might think, given the title, and the fact that a mermaid is most definitely present but in the background The story goes far beyond the oddity, including how humans are always grappling for stature and wealth,attention It ends on a magnificent note, and I was most satisfied with the story from start to finish Thanks to Harper for the electronic ARC I also purchased a hard copy from Book of the Month All opinions are my own My reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com