Thursday 18 January 2018

Distinguished Irish author William Trevor passes away at the age of 88

William Trevor
William Trevor

Eimear Rabbitt

The celebrated Irish author William Trevor has died aged 88.

His publisher, Penguin Random Ireland, made the announcement yesterday.

Born in Mitchelstown, Co Cork, in 1928, he was regarded as one of Ireland's greatest authors and was shortlisted five times for the Man Booker Prize, although he never won.

However, he did win a Jacob's Award in 1982 for the TV adaptation of the his short story, The Ballroom of Romance.

Leading the tributes, President Michael D Higgins said: "It is with great sadness that I have learned of the death of William Trevor, the distinguished novelist and playwright.

"The work of William Trevor was widely regarded by his peers and critics as being among the finest literary works produced in Ireland. He received critical acclaim at home and abroad, and it was a privilege for me to bestow on him the honour of Saoi of Aosdana, a recognition from his peers, and a title given to those who have made an enduring contribution to the creative arts."

Sheila Pratschke, chair of the Arts Council, said: "He was a writer of sensitivity, grace and insight, and leaves behind a deep and essential legacy of work. We offer our sincere condolences to his wife Jane and their two sons, Patrick and Dominic."

Trevor's many novels included The Old Boys (1964), which won the Hawthornden Prize; The Love Department (1966); Elizabeth Alone (1973) and The Silence in the Garden (1988), which won the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Award.

The Children of Dynmouth (1976) and Fools of Fortune (1983) both won the Whitbread Award. Felicia's Journey (1994) won both the Whitbread and Sunday Express Book of the Year awards, and was made into a film in 1999.

In 1977 he was awarded an honorary CBE, and in 2002 he received an honorary knighthood for his services to literature.

He won the Whitbread Prize three times and was nominated five times for the Booker Prize, most recently for his novel Love and Summer (2009), which was also shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2011.

He was elected Saoi of Aosdana in a ceremony presided over by President Higgins last year.

He was a member of the Irish Academy of Letters, and lived in Devon, England.


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