William Trevor, novelist and short story writer, dies aged 88

Trevor's most recent novel was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize

Trevor’s most recent novel was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize

William Trevor, the Irish novelist, playwright and short story writer, has died at the age of 88, his publisher has announced.

Penguin Random House Ireland tweeted: “We regret to announce the death of William Trevor, one of Ireland’s greatest writers.”

It added: “We extend our deepest condolences to his family.”

The writer won the Whitbread Prize in 1994 and has been shortlisted four times for the Man Booker Prize.

Writer Joyce Carol Oates led the tributes to Trevor on Twitter.

“William Trevor, one of the great short story writers. Beautifully composed, lyrical, understated prose,” she wrote.

Crime novelist Sarah Hilary : “RIP William Trevor, one of my favourite authors.”

Trevor was born in Mitchelstown, County Cork, in the Republic of Ireland on 24 May 1928.

He was educated at St Columba’s College and Trinity College in Dublin before working briefly as a teacher, and later as a copywriter in an advertising agency.

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