British author, born in 1954, Louis de Bernières spent his early years in the Middle East before moving back to England with his family.

He spent a short time in the British Army, before moving to South America where he worked as a teacher.

It was after a holiday to the Greek island of Cephallonia with a girlfriend that he wrote Captain Corelli's Mandolin, his most famous and best selling book, while working as a London supply teacher.

He has written four novels:

The War of Don Emanuel's Nether Parts (Commonwealth Writers Prize - Best First Book, Eurasia Region 1991)
Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord (Commonwealth Writers Prize - Best Book, Eurasia Region 1992)
The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman
Captain Corelli's Mandolin (Commonwealth Writers Prize - Best Book 1995)

Louis de Bernières was also selected as one of Granta's twenty Best of Young British Novelists in 1993. His books are published by Minerva.