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Louis de Bernières was born on December 8, 1954, in England to a military family. He spent four months in the British army in his late teens. When he was nineteen, he spent a year in Colombia where he wrote a short story about a true incident of violence that occurred there. Fifteen years later, while recuperating from a motorcycle accident, de Bernières used that short story as the basis for the first volume of his Latin American Trilogy, The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts, Senor Vivo and the Coca Lord, and The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman. In the 1980s, de Bernières worked as an auto mechanic and then as a supply teacher in London. In 1993 he took a holiday on the Greek island of Cephallonia. That became the setting for Captain Correlli's Mandolin, a novel of war, love, and heroism, which remained on the (London) Times bestseller list for four years. It has sold more than 600,000 copies, has been reprinted in paperback more than thirty times, and has been translated into more than seventeen languages.The book also won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book. It was also shortlisted for the 1994 Sunday Express Book of the Year. De Bernières was named one of Granta's 20 Best British Novelists in 1993, and Author of the Year 1998 by England's Publishing News. He will be give the opening night address at the 2015 Melbourne Writers Festival. His title The Dust that Falls from Dreams made the New Zealand Best Seller List in 2015 (Bowker Author Biography)
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Captain Corelli's Mandolin 7,478 copies, 145 reviews
Birds Without Wings 2,455 copies, 48 reviews
Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord 1,030 copies, 20 reviews
Red Dog 669 copies, 62 reviews
A Partisan's Daughter 519 copies, 30 reviews
The Dust That Falls from Dreams 400 copies, 25 reviews
Notwithstanding 286 copies, 23 reviews
So Much Life Left Over 152 copies, 8 reviews
The Book of Job (Introduction) 91 copies
Blue Dog 46 copies, 6 reviews
Labels 44 copies, 1 review
Crampton Hodnet (Introduction, some editions) 778 copies, 35 reviews
Mortification: Writers' Stories of Their Public Shame (Contributor) 281 copies, 4 reviews
Granta 43: Best of Young British Novelists 2 (Contributor) 162 copies, 1 review
The Best American Essays 1997 (Contributor) 147 copies, 1 review
The Mammoth Book of Modern Ghost Stories (Contributor) 119 copies, 4 reviews
The Story of a Nobody (Foreword, some editions) 112 copies, 2 reviews
Captain Corelli's Mandolin [2001 film] (Original book) 83 copies, 2 reviews
La Bible (Preface) 24 copies, 1 review
A Vintage Christmas (Vintage Minis) (Contributor) 7 copies, 1 review
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