The Irish and British nations have lost a wonderful novelist, playwright and short story teller with the passing of William Trevor. He has won prizes including the Hawthornden Prize, he was a multi winner with Whitbread, was a frequent short listed writer for the Booker Prize, was a Companion of Literature and, as an Irish citizen, an honorary knighthood.
His writing was seeded by his experiences of his childhood in rural Ireland and his deep insight into the mind and ambitions, good and bad, of ordinary people. His novel ‘Love and Summer’ is a prime example of a tale told with deep understanding of the lives and loves of country people and where their emotions may lead.
William Trevor’s passing leaves a void in the literary scene.
I’m ashamed to say I don’t know him at all.
Must admit I am put off by books about Ireland. The endless romanticism of Ireland grates. My loss, I’m sure.
You wouldn’t be disappointed reading William Trevor. Although an Irish Citizen he lived most of his life in Devon. Ireland predominates in his stories, but not romanticising the people or their ways of life.
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