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VS Naipaul dead – Nobel Prize winning British author dies at his London home age 85

British author V.S. Naipaul has died at his home in London aged 85, his family said in a statement

BRITISH author V.S. Naipaul has died at his home in London aged 85, his family said in a statement.

The Trinidad-born Naipaul won the 2001 Nobel Prize for literature and his work includes novels, short stories and travel writing.

 VS Naipaul has died peacefully at the age of 85
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VS Naipaul has died peacefully at the age of 85

Lady Naipaul confirmed that her husband died peacefully.

"He was a giant in all that he achieved and he died surrounded by those he loved having lived a life which was full of wonderful creativity and endeavour," she said

Naipaul made his his name with the 1961 novel A House for Mr Biswas, which took three years to write.

It describes Trinidad in the 1930s-50s from the perspective of an Indian immigrant, modelled on his father.

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 Sir VS Naipaul won the Nobel Prize for Literature as well as the Booker Prize
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Sir VS Naipaul won the Nobel Prize for Literature as well as the Booker Prize

His first book, The Mystic Masseur, was published in 1951 and he also won the 1971 Booker Prize for his novel In a Free State.

Sir Vidia, who was born in rural Trinidad in 1932, and his love of literature was ignited by being read Dickens by his father as a child.

He attended Oxford University in 1950 after winning a government scholarship allowing him to study at any  university he wanted.

Naipaul struggled with depression and attempted suicide while at university.


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