Celebrating the best in literary love stories, the prize alternates each year between a French and British novelist.
Celebrities who have taken on the role as Patron of the prize include:
Richard E Grant (above, right)
Actor and author Richard E. Grant, best known for his inebriated performance in Withnail and I, and more recently Gosford Park, and Filth and Wisdom.
Tilda Swinton (right)
Oscar winner Tilda Swinton, who won Best Supporting Actress in 2008 for her role in the acclaimed film Michael Clayton.
Author Sebastian Faulks CBE, who wrote one of the UK’s best loved novels, Bird Song as well as Charlotte Gray, Human Traces and the James Bond novel Devil May Care.
Each year, three shortlisted authors are invited to enjoy the luxury of Le Prince Maurice for a week of cultural exchange with Mauritian students and authors.
Recent authors to visit include Julia Gregson, Sadie Jones and William Sutcliffe.