Renowned poet, author and musician Louis De Bernières offers a fully rounded, flexible set of music, poetry and reflections. He often teams up with The Bookshop Band, who also provided the backing on his debut album 'The Songs Of Louis De Bernières - Vol. 1".
Louis - "The CD came about because Ben Please and Beth Porter of The Bookshop Band asked me to play on one of their tracks, and came to my house to record it. When I thought they were still curled up in bed, they overheard me playing one of my songs, and asked if they could record that too. This turned into a whole album, produced, played on, and engineered by them. Beth's singing and cello playing are particularly beautiful. Phil Manzanera, the guitarist with Roxy Music, told me he liked the album a lot, which is a bit like getting a pat on the head from the deity."
Released on CD (Letterpress Records) and also in a glorious gatefold-sleeved vinyl version, the album is distributed by Shellshock. A new double album is also on its way!
Louis de Bernières, who lives in Norfolk, published his first novel in 1990 and was selected by Granta magazine as one of the twenty Best of Young British Novelists in 1993. Since then he has become well known internationally as a writer and his sixth novel, Birds Without Wings, came out in 2004. Captain Corelli's Mandolin (1994), won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Novel. A Partisan's Daughter 2008, was short-listed for the Costa Novel Award. He continues to write acclaimed novels and volumes of poetry.
As well as writing, he plays the flute, mandolin, clarinet and guitar. He was born in London in 1954.