Novelist and travel writer V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad. He studied at Oxford University, then moved to London to work for the BBC.
His novels include A House for Mr Biswas, The Enigma of Arrival, A Bend in the River (shortlisted for the 1979 Booker Prize), Half a Life (longlisted for the 2001 Booker Prize) and In a Free State, which won the 1971 Booker Prize.
He was also shortlisted, for his entire body of work, for The Man Booker International Prize 2009.
His works of non-fiction include Among the Believers, Beyond Belief and The Masque of Africa. In 1990, Naipaul received a knighthood and in 2001 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.