Welcome to the Telegraph’s new books podcast, My Life in Books.

This series for bookworms features interviews with some of Britain’s favourite novelists, including Sebastian Faulks, Marian Keyes and Jojo Moyes. 

Each week, Stella‘s Laura Powell chats to them about their lives, childhoods, careers, and pauses to discuss the three books that shaped them.

We start the new series with a big one: Louis de Bernières, best known for Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, the epic wartime romance he wrote 25 years ago, which was turned into a film starring Nicolas Cage and Penelope Cruz. 

In this episode, Louis opens up about losing his faith after a traumatic incident on a train in Colombia. He also discusses the downsides of fame, a memorable encounter with Sir Salman Rushdie at a party, and he talks for the first time about his experience of childhood abuse at school.