Louis de Bernières, who lives in Norfolk, published his first novel in 1990 and was selected by Granta magazine as one of the twenty Best of Young British Novelists in 1993.  Since then he has become well known internationally as a writer, with Captain Corelli's Mandolin  winning the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Novel in 1994.  His sixth novel, the acclaimed Birds Without Wings, came out in 2004.,  A Partisan's Daughter (2008) was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and Notwithstanding: Stories from an English Village was published in Autumn 2009, followed by de Bernieres’ first collection of poetry, Imagining Alexandria: Poems in Memory of Constantinos Cavafis, in  2013;  it is also available in audio, read by the author.   Publication of his major new novel, The Dust That Falls From Dreams, was in July 2015.

As well as writing, de Bernieres plays the flute, mandolin and guitar.  He was born in London in 1954.