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Imogen Hermes Gowar

Specialises in: 

Literary historical fiction, supernatural, fiction considering women's experiences.

Services offered: 

Three month mentoring. 

About Imogen: 

Imogen Hermes Gowar is the author of The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock, which was published in 2018 as the lead debut for Harvill Secker, (an imprint of Vintage), and has been shortlisted for the Women's Prize and long-listed for the Desmond Elliot Prize. Imogen is particularly interested in literary historical fiction - perhaps with a sprinkling of the supernatural – and fiction that particularly considers women's experiences.

The Mermaid & Mrs Hancock: 

A Sunday Times Bestseller

Shortlisted for the Women's Fiction Prize 2018

Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2018


One September evening in 1785, the merchant Jonah Hancock finds one of his captains waiting eagerly on his doorstep. 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, where he meets 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.

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?


'A cracking historical novel – with a twinge of the surreal – about passion and obsession' - The Times

‘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

Read more about Imogen's debut novel The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock here >>

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Twitter: @girlhermes

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