Recommended by the Walter Scott Prize Academy 2018 Mi Querido Imperial (My Beautiful Imperial) is a debut novel which combines
Mi querido Imperial by Rhiannon Lewis
Spanish translation of My Beautiful Imperial by Rhiannon Lewis Translated by Guisela Parra Molina Victorina Press
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
. 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 Mi Querido Imperial (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!’
About the author: Rhiannon Lewis was born in Cardigan,
, and she comes from a long line of farmers and sailors. Her family was interested in history, and she grew up in an atmosphere of hand-me-down stories. One of those stories included her grandfather’s memories of Captain David Davies and the Chilean civil war. Educated at the Universities of Wales at Aberystwyth and
, Rhiannon worked as a teacher and lecturer before going on to work in public relations, marketing and communications. Whilst researching Captain David Davies’ background, Rhiannon discovered an amazing story that was crying out to be told.
The result is My Beautiful Imperial, which in March 2018 was one of the 20 historical fiction books recommended by the Walter Scott Prize Academy in the
and all countries in the Commonwealth. Congratulations Rhiannon! This is what the judges who recommended said about her book:
Recently the novel has been long listed by The Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize.