This Wonderful Year: The Adventures of Mr. Edward Pamprill
10/24/2015 - 10:30am
Central Library - The Bubbler
Introducing Mr. Edward Pamprill, profligate son of a dissolute English Baron. When his father arranges for his kidnapping and impressment into a British man-of-war to fight Napoleon, Mr. Pamprill is forced to leave behind fashionable London and experience the lot of the common sailor. Young Mr. Pamprill receives his education at sea as he trades Mayfair’s drawing rooms for desperate encounters against the Spanish, raging storms, a secret mission to Naples, and a host of other adventures quite outside the realm of his previous experience. With hand on sword and tongue firmly in cheek, the plucky hero navigates these treacherous waters with admirable aplomb. The culture, philosophy, and political climate of the period are recounted in vivid detail.
Mark Benno graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a BA in Writing, where he had the good fortune to study under the late Ralph Mills Jr. He was the book buyer for Kingsley’s Book Emporium in Sarasota, Florida, before eventually moving back to the Midwest to become the manager of Canterbury Booksellers. He is currently an administrator for Madison Public Library. He enjoys reading novels from the golden age of Romantic British literature, including the works of Sir Walter Scott and Jane Austen. This Wonderful Year is his first novel, and he is currently at work on the sequel.