The mermaid and Mrs. Hancock : a history in three volumes / written by Imogen Hermes Gowar
The mermaid and Mrs. Hancock : a history in three volumes / written by Imogen Hermes Gowar.
Review submitted by an Elanora library staff member.
For something totally different this book has it all.
Historical fiction with a twist. A tale that involves
a mermaid, a merchant, a brothel and courtesans in Georgian London.
As I write this it is International Women’s Day and this novel highlights a new look at feminist fiction.
Single women who lived in the 18th century had little choice in living a comfortable and secure life doing “honest” jobs. They certainly didn’t enjoy the opportunities and status that their male contemporaries did. I found it a fascinating look into the world of courtesans, madams and servants on the make.
The characters are well drawn and the period details of Georgian London combine to make it a wonderful romp through the time. The merchant, Jonah Hancock, about who this tale revolves, is a very likeable character. He gets caught up in the dream of finding a mermaid, something a bit different to his usual cargo. This then takes him into the world of madams and brothels.
A very unusual story-line but a story that I did enjoy.
Historical fiction meets fantasy in Georgian London.