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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.

Reviews

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

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  • Hardback

    9781846558849

    January 4, 2016

    Harvill Secker

    128 pages

    RRP $35.00

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  • EBook

    9781473511712

    January 28, 2016

    Vintage Digital

    128 pages

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