Born in London in 1954, Louis de Bernières published his first book in 1990 and since then has written two volumes of poetry, numerous works of short fiction and eight novels.
He’s best known for Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, a musical, richly-layered love story, set during the Second World War - which won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Novel in 1994 and was later made into a film with Nicolas Cage and Penelope Cruz.
In a lively and unusually revealing conversation, he speaks to the Telegraph’s Laura Powell about his successes, his struggles, and the three books that have most profoundly shaped him.
Ruth Jones is best known for playing Nessa in Gavin and Stacey - the BBC TV comedy she co-wrote with James Corden - and also for starring in and writing the comedy series Stella, set in her native South Wales.
Earlier this year she also wrote her first novel, Never Greener, which tells the story...
Jojo Moyes was born in 1969 and grew up in London and went on to work as a minicab controller, braille typer and brochure writer for Club 18-30, before settling on journalism.
She worked as a journalist for ten years, including a year at South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, and nine at The...