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Louis de Bernières is the bestselling author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, Best Book in 1995. His recent books include Blue Dog, Birds Without Wings and A Partisan’s Daughter, a collection of stories, Notwithstanding, and two collections of poetry, Imagining Alexandria and Of Love and Desire.

His most recent novel, The Dust That Falls From Dreams returns to the epic romance, heroism, history and warm and eccentric cast of characters that made Captain Corelli’s Mandolin such an extraordinary hit. Set in the brief golden years before the outbreak of World War I, it tells the story of Rosie McCosh and her three very different sisters who are growing up in an eccentric household in Kent, with their neighbours the Pitt boys on one side and the Pendennis boys on the other. But their days of childhood adventure are shadowed by the approach of conflict that will engulf them on the cusp of adulthood.