Mythologies and Debuts | Imogen Hermes Gowar and Kerry Andrew
We’re talking mermaids, folksong and mythology with two of our new Vintage voices; Imogen Hermes Gowar and Kerry Andrew.
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar: po.st/TheMermaidAndMrsHancock
Swansong by Kerry Andrew: po.st/Swansong
Thanks to Kerry for letting us use her music for this podcast. The two tracks featured were, in order of appearance, Three Ravens and Molly Bawn.
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Imogen Hermes Gowar – The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock
ASunday Timesbestseller, now longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Desmond Elliott Prize 2018.
‘A brilliantly plotted story of mermaids, madams and intrigue in 1780s London and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it become the Essex Serpent of 2018’ – The Pool
‘Imogen Hermes Gowar is a soon-to-be literary star’ – Sunday Times
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.
Read more at https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/1113246/the-mermaid-and-mrs-hancock/#Jtfc3MlFwQtPB854.99
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