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A beautiful gift book of poems on the subjects of love and desire by one of the UKs best-loved writers, author of Captain Corellis Mandolin.

Of Love and Desire is a rich collection of love poems from Louis de Bernières, written over a lifetime, and capturing its many forms – from rapture, infatuation, urgency, to sorrow, heartache and disillusion.

Poetry was de Bernières’ first and greatest literary love, a passion evident in the musicality and emotion of his poems, which are full of stories and the truth of lived experience. This, his second collection, bears the mark of many influences, from the classical Persian poets, to Neruda, to Quintus Smyrnaeus, to Brian Patten.

Beautifully illustrated by Donald Sammut, this is an indispensable companion on the lover’s journey.


An unexpected delight…[de Bernieres] is a gifted poet… There are poems in this collection that certainly bear comparison with the greats… Here (beautifully illustrated by Donald Sammut) is lost love and the sadness of memory transformed into words that glitter – mined like jewels from the heart.

Bel Mooney, Daily Mail

Formats & editions

  • Hardback


    January 4, 2016

    Harvill Secker

    128 pages

    RRP $35.00

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  • EBook


    January 28, 2016

    Vintage Digital

    128 pages

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Also by Louis de Bernieres

The Cat in the Treble Clef
So Much Life Left Over
The Dust that Falls from Dreams
Imagining Alexandria
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


yesterday i was the moon
Fish In A Tree
Sir Henry Parkes: The Australian Colossus
The Ode Less Travelled
Doctor Who: Now We Are Six Hundred
Night Sky with Exit Wounds
The Abandoned Settlements
The Bone Flowers
A Sackful of Limericks
Selected Poems
Blue Laws
Talking Dead
Made In Detroit
Deep Lane
Elegy For A Broken Machine
The Days of Surprise
Human Work