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The mermaid and Mrs Hancock : a history in three volumes

Author: Imogen Hermes Gowar
Publisher: London : Harvell Secker, an imprint of Vintage, 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"One September evening in 1785, the merchant Jonah Hancock hears urgent knocking on his front door and finds that one of his captains 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,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Historical fiction
Magic realist fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Imogen Hermes Gowar
ISBN: 9781911215738 1911215736
OCLC Number: 1021836461
Awards: Long-listed for Women's Prize for Fiction 2018 (UK)
Description: 488 pages ; 24cm
Responsibility: Imogen Hermes Gowar.

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