6th March is the birth date of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the celebrated Columbian writer, who died last year.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982 and produced some of the finest novels to emerge from South America in the Twentieth Century.
Best known, perhaps, for his 1960s saga, One Hundred Years of Solitude, a tale which popularised a literary style known as magic realism, he also wrote numerous successful novels, short stories and journalism.
My favourite Marquez book is his later, romantic novel, Love in the Time of Cholera: an unforgettable book and certainly one of my “Desert Island” choices.
"The only regret I will have in dying is if it is not for love."
(Love in the Time of Cholera - 1985)
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
6 March 1927- 17 April 2014