The author has been awarded the Booker Prize, the John Llwewelyn Rhys Memorial Prize, the Hawthorneden Prize, the WH Smith award and the David Cohen British Literature award.
V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. He went to England on a scholarship in 1950. After four years at University College, Oxford, he began to write, and since then has followed no other profession. He has published more than twenty books of fiction and non-fiction, including Half a Life, A House for Mr Biswas, A Bend in the River and most recently The Masque of Africa, and a collection of correspondence, Letters Between A Father and Son. In 2001 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
"History as literature, meticulously researched and masterfully
written." -"The New York Times Book Review
""A formidable achievement. . . . No historian has attempted to weave together in so subtle a manner the threads of the most complex and turbulent period of Caribbean history." -"The Times Literary Supplement"
"Brilliant. . . . Startling." -"New Statesman"
"A remarkable book. . . . Intelligent, humane, brilliantly written." -"Book World"