Nobel Prize-winning British author VS Naipaul dies aged 85

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Colin McPherson

British writer Sir VS Naipaul, who won a Nobel Prize for Literature, has died during his home in London aged 85, his family have said.

Sir Vidia, who was innate in farming Trinidad in 1932, was famous for works including A Bend in a River and his masterpiece, A House for Mr Biswas.

He won a Booker Prize in 1971 and was awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001.

His mother Lady Naipaul called him a “giant in all that he achieved”.

She pronounced he died “surrounded by those he desired carrying lived a life that was full of smashing creativity and endeavour”.

Sir Vidia, who as a child was review Shakespeare and Dickens by his father, attended Oxford University in 1950 after winning a supervision grant giving him entrance into any Commonwealth university of his choosing.

As a student, he struggled with basin and attempted suicide.

His initial book, The Mystic Masseur, was published in 1951. His many distinguished novel, A House for Mr Biswas, took over 3 years to write and was published a decade later.