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  • Published: 5 January 2022
  • ISBN: 9780099597834
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528
  • RRP: $22.99

The Dust that Falls from Dreams

An epic story of love and war, and of England in the first half of the twentieth century, from the bestselling author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin.

A return to the epic romance, heroism, history and warm and eccentric cast of characters that made CAPTAIN CORELLI'S MANDOLIN such an extraordinary hit (2.5 million copies sold).

In the brief golden years before the outbreak of World War I, Rosie McCosh and her three very different sisters are growing up in an eccentric household in Kent, with their neighbours the Pitt boys on one side and the Pendennis boys on the other. But their days of childhood adventure are shadowed by the approach of the conflict that will engulf them on the cusp of adulthood.

When the boys end up scattered along the Western Front, Rosie is left confused by her love for two young men - one an infantry soldier and one a flying ace. Can she, and her sisters, build new lives out of the opportunities and devastations that follow the Great War?

  • Published: 5 January 2022
  • ISBN: 9780099597834
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Louis de Bernieres

Louis de Bernières is the bestselling author of Captain Corellis Mandolin, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best Book in 1995. His most recent books are So Much Life Left Over and The Dust That Falls From Dreams, the short story collection Labels and the poetry collection The Cat in the Treble Clef.

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Praise for The Dust that Falls from Dreams

A feast of a novel . This book is very much a hit

John Sutherland, The Times

Louis de Bernieres is in the direct line that runs through Dickens and Evelyn Waugh... he has only to look into his world, one senses, for it to rush into reality, colours and touch and taste

Evening Standard

This, [De Bernieres]' eighth novel, proves that he can and is still producing Good Things

Fiona Wilson, The Times

A richly rewarding read

Vanessa Berridge, Daily Express

De Bernieres is an astute observer of the human heart, and his account of an idealistic young woman learning to live in the real world is beautifully observed

Mail on Sunday

It's a book in which readers will happily immerse themselves, and one which will surely and deservedly be a bestseller

Allan Massie, Scotsman

Rhapsodic, wistful and with more than a touch of whimsy. It's pure escapism of the very highest quality

Jeffrey Taylor, 4 stars, Sunday Express

[A] charming and quietly moving tale

Christian House, 4 stars, Sunday Telegraph

Another epic novel of love and loss

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Bert Wright, Nudge

The comparisons with his Captain Corelli's Mandolin are happily justified

Micyael Conagyan, Belfast Telegraph Morning

Magnificent and moving


Magnificent and moving.


This is a novel suffused with warmth and humour as it follows the threads of love and family ties. It is a pleasure to follow these characters through the tumultuous times in which they live. a well-told and engrossing story, bringing back to life a generation who are slipping from our collective memory.

Kate Slotover, Riddle

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