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Imogen Hermes Gowar



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.
 

Genres: Horror, Historical
 
Novels
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   The Haunting Season (2021) (with others)
   The Winter Spirits (2023) (with others)
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Imogen Hermes Gowar recommends
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Whale Fall (2024)
Elizabeth O'Connor
"Mesmerizing. A novel with such presence, both wild and still: utterly exquisite."
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Glorious Exploits (2024)
Ferdia Lennon
"What a truly magnificent novel this is: in turns riotous, brutal and deeply affecting. I am in no doubt that Ferdia Lennon is the real deal. His captivating storytelling resonates with all the beauty of Euripides' plays."
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For Thy Great Pain Have Mercy on My Little Pain (2023)
Victoria MacKenzie
"For Thy Great Pain Have Mercy on My Little Pain is a novel of rare brightness and clarity, concise and yet capacious: it illuminates the meeting of two extraordinary women like a shaft of sunlight."

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Award nominations
2019 British Book Award Debut Book of the Year (shortlist) : The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock
2019 Betty Trask Prize (nominee) : The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock
2018 Women's Prize For Fiction (nominee) : The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock
2018 HWA Debut Crown Award (longlist) : The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock
2018 Desmond Elliott Prize (nominee) : The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock


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