September 2012 Debut of the Month.
Adventure, escape, raunchy romance and second chances in a steamy, vividly described, Caribbean setting.
A holiday to Cuba leaves middle-aged Chris Hilton in love with the island and people, and a second visit in love with Yamilia, a beautiful but unstable woman 20 years his junior. Back in the UK help and advice from an ex-con sees him planning a new life in Cuba - but living in a country is never the same as a holiday.
An honest and compelling cautionary tale of escaping a mundane dead-end life in England for love, freedom and a second chance in Cuba.
'I had no real idea how I would get there. I just knew I would go, somehow.'Chris Hilton is middle-aged and broke. He is also in love with a woman twenty years his junior who lives 5,000 miles away. In Cuba. He places an ad in Private Eye requesting advice and receives a reply from Paul, resident of a local prison, serving two years for fraud. Paul offers some helpful guidance. Six months later Hilton boards a Cubana flight, direct to Havana. He has GBP 100,000 in an attache case and a similar amount in a Channel Island bank account. Paul will soon follow after his release; they intend to start a travel business together. Yamilia waits in Havana. She is astonishingly beautiful and of volatile temperament. Her enemies, and even some of her friends, think she is unstable, even dangerous. Jose, Hilton's closest friend in Havana, agrees, 'She is a bad woman. Do not stay with her,' he pleads. Hilton disagrees; he's in love, he doesn't see her that way - Yamilia is natural, honest, a force of nature. Like a hurricane. He will create a new life with her in Cuba. What could possibly go wrong?
Closing date: 04/07/2018
'I must say I was gripped. It has the sweet-and-bitter tang of reality and in my view it will find an eager readership.' John Carey, Merton Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford
John Harrison, who recently won the 2011 Wales Book of the Year with Cloud Road, wrote: "Hilton's Cuban adventure is like Havana's mojito cocktail, deceptively smooth and tasty, but underneath is a wicked bite. Take a long draught. Arrange for a friend to take you home."
Richard Gott, author of Cuba: A New History, wrote: "Almost everyone falls in love with Cuba, intoxicated by its climate, its scenery, its buildings, its music and its people. Some people, like Chris Hilton, are lucky enough to fall in love with a specific Cuban. Not so difficult of course, but it is much harder to write truthfully both about Cuba and about his relationship. In this, Hilton's book is a triumph. He is a delightful guide to the very special atmosphere of Cuba in the last years of the Castro family, and his book should find many readers."
Publication date: 26/07/2012
Publisher: Dunbar & Meredith
|Publication date:||26th July 2012|
|Publisher:||Dunbar & Meredith|
|Genres:||Debuts of the Month, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories, Travel,|
Chris Hilton was born in Bedfordshire, England. He has been a factory worker, landscape gardener, graphic designer and a dealer in modern first editions. He visits Cuba regularly and intends to retire there. He is writing the follow up to Caliente, recounting the next stage of his Cuban adventures.More About Chris Hilton