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 Booker Prize) and In a Free State, which won the Booker Prize in 1971. 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.