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Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis De Bernières
Random House Group 1994

Set on the Greek Island of Cephallonia during the Second World War, this is the story of Pelagia , who falls reluctantly in love with the captain of the occupying Italian army. The novel combines narrative sweep, a mixture of tragedy and comedy, a number of extraordinary and loveable characters and the sense of a tightly knit traditional society in a changing world.
Louis De Bernières was born in London.

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Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis De Bernières