Louis de Bernieres is the best-selling author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, The Dust that Falls from Dreams, Birds Without Wings and A Partisan's Daughter. Throughout his life he has written about matters of the heart, and with poetry his first and greatest literary love, he is about to publish a beautiful collection of love poetry: Of Love & Desire, with influences ranging from Pablo Neruda to the classical Persian poets. I have been dipping into the collection over the Christmas and New Year break, and it's evocative, poignant, lyrical and I adore it - it's quite rekindled a long dormant love of poetry in me.
Of course, Louis is best known for his novels - from the inventive magical realism of his early novels set in South America to the captivating Captain Corelli and The Dust That Falls from Dreams. His trademark wit and charm, coupled with his brilliant characterisation and great skill with language have made him one of our best-loved authors, and I can't wait to discover the books that he loves too. There's something of Gabriel Garcia Marquez in the War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts - will Love in the Time of Cholera be one of the books that built him? Join us on 9th February as we talk about how the books he loves meet the books he writes.
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Helen Brocklebank, is the off screen name of writer and Times 100 blogger 'Mrs Trefusis'. Helen worked for many years at Harper's Bazaar and Esquire magazines, and founded The Books That Built Me in April 2014. At The Books That Built Me, Helen interviews authors about the books that inspire their writing, tracing the thread that links the books you read and the books you write.
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