John Berger was born in London and educated at St Edward's School, Oxford. In 1962, he left Britain permanently, to live in a small village in the French Alps.

Berger began his career as a painter in the late 1940s. As well as being a novelist, he was also a broadcaster, philosopher, playwright, art critic, poet and self-styled ‘revolutionary writer’. Berger was the author of acclaimed works of fiction and non-fiction, including the seminal Ways of Seeing (also a BBC television series) and the experimental novel G., which won the Booker Prize in 1972. Married three times, he died in 2017 at the age of 90.

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