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A gift book of poems from author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernières, beautifully illustrated with line drawings

Poetry was Louis de Bernières’ first literary love and Imagining Alexandria is his debut poetry collection. Here the author of the much-loved Captain Corelli’s Mandolin returns us to the vivid Mediterranean landscape of his fiction.

De Bernières was introduced to Greek poetry while in Corfu in 1983, and since then he has always travelled with a book of Cavafy's poetry in his pocket. Not surprisingly, his own poems about the distant past, the erotic and the philosophical owe much to the influence of the great Alexandrian poet.

Beautifully illustrated with line drawings by Donald Sammut, this is a collection rich in sensuality, nostalgia, and music.


Direct, evocative, erotic and tinged with sadness. What more should poetry be?


De Bernieres captures with quiet assurance that Cavafy music of resigned, sensual sadness as lovers depart, gods retreat and dynasties collapse

Boyd Tonkin, Independent


Suzi Feay, Independent on Sunday

Love dominates ... we are told the truth about love – even when it is awkward or lacking ... the rum enthusiasm fuelling this collection endears it to the reader

Kate Kellaway, Guardian

Today the culture of Greece may be facing a new crisis, but many will welcome de Bernières’s revisiting of the “miracle period"

Margaret Reynold, The Times

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback


    September 2, 2013

    Harvill Secker

    112 pages

    RRP $29.99

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  • EBook


    August 15, 2013

    Vintage Digital

    112 pages

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The Dust that Falls from Dreams
The Death of Miss Agatha Feakes (Storycuts)
Talking to George (Storycuts)
The Girt Pike (Storycuts)
A Partisan's Daughter
Birds Without Wings
Sunday Morning At The Centre Of The World
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman
Senor Vivo & The Coca Lord
War Of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts


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Sir Henry Parkes: The Australian Colossus
Talking Dead
Shingle Street
The Dice Cup
Black Country
Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth
Bright Travellers
All One Breath
Do What The F**k I Say
Sleeping Keys
Red Doc>
Did I Mention the Free Wine? Madness, Mayhem & The Muse
Poems of Love and Life for Capricorn
Stag's Leap
Water Sessions
The Broken Word