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The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

By: Imogen Hermes Gowar
Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
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Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar, read by Juliet Stevenson.

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 - one on which they will learn that priceless things come at the greatest cost.

What will be the cost of their ambitions? And will they be able to escape the destructive power mermaids are said to possess?

In this spellbinding 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.

©2018 Imogen Hermes Gowar (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

Critic reviews

"A cracking historical novel... The story is by turns intriguing, touching, funny, sad and heartwarming. It will make you laugh and it may make you cry.... The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock is superb." ( The Times)
"A marvellous, high-energy, inventive romp through Georgian society. Rich in delicious period detail and written with a wickedly observant eye, the path of this unlikely romance leads down some unexpected byways to give a fantastic and thoroughly enjoyable reading treat." ( Daily Mail)

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Excellent

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book is a delightful light read, not to heavy going but still full of story line.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All the characters are so likeable, they seem very real.

What about Juliet Stevenson’s performance did you like?

Lovely clear speaking voice.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was a bit sad when the book ended as I enjoyed listening to it.

Any additional comments?

It is a bit saucy in places. You might want to put your ear phones on!!

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Utterly enchanting and equally surprising.

I have given this book five stars and it thoroughly deserves them. I have just finished it and I miss it already I so want to know what happens next.

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Well characterised and engaging

Would you listen to The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock again? Why?

Yes, it is a good story with interesting and believable characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock?

When the Mermaid in the grotto is affecting the household, it was very realistic.

Which character – as performed by Juliet Stevenson – was your favourite?

Belle.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me smile: a combination of both, which is a good thing.

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The story carries you along into 18th century London with all the historical value of ordinary life in that period, I found it interesting from that pre-Dickensian era, and all the characters were engaging. I especially liked the descriptions of the Abbess's footmen, they sounded so elegant, picking their way amongst the rabble of London. Juliet Stephenson has a clarity of voice and a talent for making each character believably different. The story was well written and had a plausible ending. I enjoyed every character very much.

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Fabulous🧜🏻‍♀️

This book held my attention, I didn’t want it to end! Amazingly read by Juliet Stevenson, her narration made the story even more enthralling.

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An atmospheric tale.

A quirky, evocative story of madams, girls and their clients set in Regency London. Some wonderfully drawn characters and superbly narrated by the incomparable Juliet Stevenson.

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Utterly fabulous

It's not just the story which draws you in from the beginning, the language is beautiful, the images fabulous. What a wonderful first novel this is.

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Very interesting.

The narrator was very good. Enough detail but not so much it gets boring. Story moves at a decent pace. Good twists throughout to keep it interesting x

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The mermaid and Mrs Hancock.

This story is magical and fantastical ,my favourite character is angelica sweet and strong, and beautiful.

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Brilliant!

An extraordinary book. Fantastic reading that really brings the different characters to life. Highly recommended.

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Not the easy story I'd hoped for

struggled with the narrator. The voices distracted from the story at times. sorry to say that my enjoyment was not as I'd hoped.

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