Mordecai Richler was born in Montreal, Canada. An acclaimed Canadian novelist and essayist, he was twice shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
His energetic, humorous style won him both a loyal audience and literary acclaim. He won the Commonwealth Prize and the Paris Review Humour Prize, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for his novels Solomon Gursky Was Here and St Urbain’s Horseman. He was also nominated for an Oscar for his screenplay of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz.