Culture Secretary Honours Celebrated Irish Author William Trevor

Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell today presented an honorary KBE to author William Trevor. Mr Trevor received the award in recognition of his services to literature.

Considered to be amongst the greatest living Irish writers of fiction, William Trevor is a prolific author of short stories and novels.  He has also adapted several of his own works for the stage, television and radio. 

Tessa Jowell said:

"I am delighted to be able to present William with his KBE.  The award of an honorary knighthood acknowledges the long and distinguished career of a very talented writer.  He has produced an enormous body of work over nearly 40 years and won many of the most prestigious literary awards."

Over the last four decades Mr Trevor has written many novels, including The Old Boys, winner of the Hawthornden Prize; The Children of Dynmouth and Fools of Fortune, both winners of the Whitbread Fiction Award; The Silence in the Garden, winner of the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Award; Two Lives, which was shortlisted for the Sunday  Express Book of the Year Award and includes the Booker-shortlisted novella Reading Turgenev; Felicia's Journey, which won both the Whitbread Book of the Year and Sunday Express Book of the Year Awards; and, Death in Summer.  His latest novel, The Story of Lucy Gault was short-listed for the 2002 Booker Prize for Fiction and recently, the Whitbread Prize.  Mr. Trevor is a celebrated short-story writer, and his latest collection, The Hill Bachelors, also won both the Macmillan Silver Pen Award and the Irish Times Literature prize.

In 1977 William Trevor was awarded an honorary CBE and in 1999 he received the prestigious David Cohen British Literature Prize in recognition of a lifetime's literary achievement. Mr Trevor has lived and worked in England since the 1950's.


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