My Beautiful Imperial by Rhiannon Lewis
Driven from all that matters, Davy has been sent away to sea. He must navigate a way between bullies and storms, just to survive. Against the odds, success is within reach – his first captaincy is promised and he has met Estella. But revolution erupts in Chile. Davy’s new ship, the Imperial, is commandeered, along with its crew. Amidst the terror, Davy learns to call another country home. He learns that love and friendship have no borders of their own.
Recommended by the Walter Scott Prize Academy 2018 My Beautiful Imperial is a debut novel which combines historical events with fiction. It was written by Welsh author Rhiannon Lewis
Catherine Hanley, historian and author of the Edwin Weaver medieval mysteries comments:
‘Skillfully blending fact and fiction, drama and tragedy, Rhiannon Lewis has produced an absorbing novel of depth and complexity. The unusual backdrop of the Chilean Civil War adds both colour and adventure as
accidental hero Davy finds himself a very long way from his Welsh home. Highly recommended!’
My Beautiful Imperial was published on 3rd of December 2017 by Victorina Press, a newly established independent press in the West Midlands. Young designer (and the author’s son) Steffan Glynn created the stunning cover of My Beautiful Imperial.
Recently the novel has been longlisted by The Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize