Meet The Writers - Imogen Hermes Gowar

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Imogen Hermes Gowar studied Archaeology, Anthropology and Art History before going on to work in museums. She began to write fiction inspired by the artefacts she worked with, and in 2013 won the Malcolm Bradbury Memorial Scholarship to study for an MA in Creative Writing at UEA. The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock was a finalist in the MsLexia First Novel Competition and shortlisted for the inaugural Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers’ Award. The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock was published by Harvill Secker in January 2018.

Reviews of The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

A Sunday Times bestseller. Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018.

‘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

‘[Gowar] gulled me, by the zest of her writing and sustained authorial sleight of hand, into forgetting for a second that [mermaids] do not exist… as a writer she is the real deal.’ The Guardian

‘Gowar’s prose shimmers like the titular temptress.’ The Observer

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