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2018's most highly anticipated debut author Imogen Hermes Gowar at Dulwich Books 22nd Feb
Posted by: Dulwich Books 30 January, 2018 17:25

Let us take you back to Georgian London for a special evening of fiction and history with Imogen Hermes Gowar and Rachel Hewitt.

Imogen is the author of The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock, a spell-binding debut novel set in 1785. When the merchant Jonah Hancock hears that his captain has sold Jonah’s ship for what appears to be a mermaid, gossip spreads through the docks and coffee shops, parlours and brothels of London. Suddenly, this very ordinary merchant finds himself catapulted into a glittering world of opulence and wealth beyond his wildest dreams. At a lavish party Jonah meets the celebrated courtesan Angelica Neal and both of their lives change forever.

Inspired by a real ‘mermaid’ in the British Museum, The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock is sure to be one of the most special books of 2018 – an unforgettable jewel of a novel. It has already been getting brilliant reviews:

'Gowar has crafted a dazzlingly original novel, full of heady pleasures and shot through with the kind of irreverent humour you might expect to find in Georgian London. She’s succeeded in creating a fully-realised world that you want to get lost in' Evening Standard

'There is much to chew on here, and much to savour, presented with wit and showmanship. Imogen Hermes Gowar delights in the feminine fakery of mermaids, but as a writer she is the real deal' The Guardian

'If you liked The Miniaturist, try The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar. Transport yourself with a sumptuous mystery story' BBC

'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 will be in conversation with award-winning historian Rachel Hewitt, who recently published her second book A Revolution of Feeling: The Decade that Forged the Modern Mind. This authoritative account of the 1790s tells the story of a pivotal decade that changed the way we think and feel about politics, power and nation building forever.

Initially the French Revolution of 1789 inspired transformative thinkers, but by the middle of the 1790s the wind had changed. The French Revolution descended into bloody Terror and the British government quashed radical political activities. In the space of a single decade, feverish optimism gave way to bleak disappointment. A Revolution of Feeling is an account of the dramatic end of the Enlightenment, the beginning of an emotional landscape preoccupied by guilt, sin, failure, resignation and repression, and the origins of our contemporary approach to feeling and desire.

Together Imogen and Rachel will shine a light on this most dramatic period at the tail end of the 18th Century. It promises to be an illuminating and entertaining evening.

Location: Dulwich Books, West Dulwich, London SE21 8JY

The event will start promptly at 19.00 and finish by 20.30

Tickets: £10 (admission & glass of wine)
£20 (admission, copy of The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock & glass of wine)
£30 (admission, copy of Revolution of Feeling & glass of wine)
£45 (admission, copy of both books & glass of wine)

Please note that refunds are not available unless an event is sold out

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