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My Beautiful Imperial by Rhiannon Lewis (Academy Recommends)

“A mighty read this, I feel bereft now that I’ve finished it, always a sign of a writer who can fascinate and engross the reader over 500 pages or so. This novel has at its heart the Chilean civil war – who knew? Not me. It is also inspired by the life and exploits of the author’s great great uncle, a Welsh lad who ran away to sea and became the captain of a steamship carrying mail and cargo up and down the Chilean coast in the latter years of the 19th Century.

Forced to turn his ship over to the government side in the insurrection he then carried troops and ammunition, facing all the usual moral quandaries of loyalty and betrayal amongst his colleagues and shipmates as well as the horrors of engagement. Other strands of the story are deftly woven in to the complex tapestry of events and provide richness and increased understanding of the pressures involved. Parliamentary questions are asked about the danger to British commercial interests in Chilean minerals and an English journalist dispatched by The Times to report on the rebellion finds that the ‘facts’ required by his editor do not match up to the facts he finds on the ground in Valparaiso.

I found this a totally satisfying novel, full of history told with a light hand and with the spark of adventure, with credible characters and a sure touch with the setting of an important Chilean port in the late 1800s. A cracker!”

 

You can also order My Beautiful Imperial directly from the publisher, at www.victorinapress.com

Gallwch archebu My Beautiful Imperial yn syth o'r cyhoeddwr, ar www.victorinapress.com

 
 
‘My Beautiful Imperial’ is a wonderfully epic story of friendship, unfulfilled love, human tragedy, war and Latin American politics that grips from the very beginning. It’s an exhilarating journey from the poorest parts of rural Wales to the Houses of Parliament at the height of imperialist Victorian London, from Australia as a new immigrant destination to Buenos Aires, from the perils of crossing the Andes
to busy Valparaiso harbour and beyond.
A must-read.
— Leo Boix, journalist and poet, The Morning Star

Read the full review here

‘It’s a terrific book.’
— Adam Feinstein, acclaimed author, translator, journalist and Hispanist.
‘Skilfully 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!’
— Catherine Hanley, historian and author of the Edwin Weaver medieval mysteries
‘Powerful and well written. It is a meaty read, one that will satisfy lovers of action stories
and historical fiction alike.’
— Reader for the Literature Wales Critical Service
‘The material is fresh – I can’t think of anyone writing about these particular historical events in fiction.’
— Michael Langan, author, editor and reader at TLC
‘Very readable, engrossing. Terrific!’
— Karl French, author, editor and reader at TLC
‘This is an interesting subject for a historical novel, one which I haven’t come across previously at all.’
— Penny Thomas, Seren Books
 

PRAISE FOR SHORT STORIES

The Jugs Stay with the Dresser
(Winner, Frome Festival Short Story Competition)

Rhiannon Lewis’s The Jugs Stay with the Dresser was the stand-out entry for me in this year’s Frome Festival Short Story Competition. A vivid, poignant story of a young wife in 60s rural Wales who finds her voice and discovers an unlikely ally along the way. Beautifully written with plenty of sweet to balance the bitter, it will stay with me for a long time.

— Laura Wilkinson, judge and author of 'Skin Deep'
Gabriel’s Halo
(1st prize winner, Writers’ Forum Magazine, November 2016)
There are so many good descriptive passages that it was hard to pick a few as illustrations. This is a story brimming with good things all the way through. I love the ending which reverberates with hope. We don’t have too much to worry about as long as Oswald and Gabriel are still on the job.
— Lorraine Mace, Head Judge, Writers' Forum Magazine