Award-winning novelist Louis de Bernieres recalls his best and worst travel adventures 

‘There was a plague of horseflies and the discos had been blaring all night time’: Award-winning novelist Louis de Bernieres recollects his finest and worst journey adventures

Award-winning novelist Louis de Bernieres

So which vacation spot is the writer’s most memorable?

Right here he talks a couple of hellish vacation in Corfu, why the Isle of Wight is the perfect place to take kids – and extra…

First Vacation?

Cornwall, once I was six. We stayed with a Mrs White in her farmhouse. My mom had knitted me woollen bathing trunks and as quickly as I stood up within the water they fell round my ankles. There have been snails within the farmhouse backyard and Mrs White paid me a penny a snail to catch them. I collected lots of in a bucket and acquired a seaside cricket set with the money.

Greatest journey companion?

The perfect individuals to journey with are strangers you meet while you get there.

Worst Vacation?

Corfu within the early Eighties. The seaside was large pebbles coated in beer cans and cigarette ends. There was a plague of horseflies and the discos had been blaring all night time. There was no technique to quiet down our little house — and midway by means of the vacation my girlfriend dumped me.

Favorite vacation?

Louis remembers his favourite holiday to Normandy, pictured above

Louis remembers his favorite vacation to Normandy, pictured above 

The place I’ve liked most was a little bit of woodland in Normandy with a freshwater spring so pure there have been shrimps within the water. I discovered it by likelihood up a mud monitor once I was searching for a spot to camp.

Greatest place to take kids?

The Isle of Wight. I am going there yearly with my son Robin, 13, and daughter Sophie, ten. The entire island is equipped for youngsters.

The place to keep away from?

I keep away from the preferred locations in summer season however I’ll go there in spring or autumn.

  • Louis’s newest assortment of brief tales, Labels (Penguin Books), is out now.