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.
Rhiannon Lewis was raised on a small farm near Cardigan on the West Wales coast. She has won prizes for her short stories, including ‘Gabriel’s Halo’ (1st prize, Writers’ Forum, November 2016) and ‘The Jugs Stay with the Dresser’ (1st prize Frome Festival Short Story Competition). Recently, in December 2017, she was awarded the Third Prize in the Hammond House, International literary Prize with her short story ‘At a Junction’.
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.
The novel is available in two formats (Paperback and hardback) from our shop, Waterstones and from Amazon. The Kindle version will be available mid August. It is also being translated into Spanish and will be launched in Chile at the end of November 2018.
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