We're delighted to welcome Imogen Hermes Gowar to Blackwell's Westgate on 15th March at 7.30pm. Imogen's acclaimed debut The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock
has drawn acclaim from readers, critics and booksellers here at Blackwell's. Imogen will give a talk about 18th century women - particularly the courtesans behind her characters of Angelica Neal and Mrs Chappell. She will sign copies of her stunning book after the talk.
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.
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.
Imogen studied Archaeology, Anthropology and Art History before going on to work in museums. She began to write small pieces of fiction inspired by the artefacts she worked with and around, and in 2013 won the Malcolm Bradbury Memorial Scholarship to study for an MA in Creative Writing at UEA.
She won the Curtis Brown Prize for her dissertation, which grew into a novel titled The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock. An early draft was a finalist in the MsLexia First Novel Competition 2015, and it was also one of three entries shortlisted for the inaugural Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers’ Award.
Come and hear from one of the most exciting debut authors of the year and to learn more about the boisterous lives of 18th century courtesans.