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Louis de Bernieres (D 68-72) speaks at Henley Literary Festival 2023

9 Oct 2023

The Independent is the exclusive news partner of the 2023 Henley Literary Festival and yesterday they reported

'Famed author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin and Red Dog, Louis de Bernieres makes his first appearance at Henley Literary Festival. Speaking with The Independent's Martin Chilton, the author explains what drew the novelist, poet and musician to write about Cornwall and the oddities of modern life in his latest novel, 'Light Over Liskeard.'

If you are interested in watching the interview Click Here

The Waterstones review of Light Over Liskeard: 

Sometimes we must look to the past to survive the future.

Q wants a simpler and safer life. His work as a quantum cryptographer for the government has led him to believe a crisis is imminent for civilisation and he's looking for somewhere to ride out what's ahead.

He buys a ruined farmhouse in Cornwall and begins to build his own self-sufficient haven. Over the course of this quest he meets the eccentric characters who already live on the moors nearby - including the park ranger in charge of the reintroduced lynxes and aurochs that roam the area; a holy man waiting for the second coming on top of a nearby hill; an Arthurian knight on horseback and the amorous ghost of an Edwardian woman who haunts the farmhouse.

As life in the cities gets more complicated, and our systems of electronic control begin to fall apart, Q flourishes in the wild Cornish countryside. His new way of life brings him back in tune with his teenage children, his ex-wife, and his own sense of who he is. He also grows close to Eva, energetic and enchanting, who is committed to her own quest for love and meaning.

In this entertaining and heart-warming novel Louis de Bernieres pokes fun at modern mores, and makes us reconsider what is really precious in our short and precarious lives.

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