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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: Historical
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2018) : The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock
Desmond Elliott Prize Best Book nominee (2018) : The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock
Women's Prize For Fiction Best Novel nominee (2018) : The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock
Betty Trask Award Best First Novel nominee (2019) : The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

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Dark Earth (2022)
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The Key in the Lock (2022)
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