The British writer and Nobel Prize winner for Literature, Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul died at his home in London at the age of 85.
In addition to the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001, VS Naipaul also won the Booker Prize in 1971, and is considered one of the most important writers in the English language of the 20th and 21st centuries.
He was born in 1932 in Chaguanas, on the island of Trinidad and Tobago, in a family descended from Indian immigrants. From there he travelled to the UK and entered the University of Oxford in 1950 after winning a government scholarship at the age of 18.
His first published novel, The Mystic Masseur, written in 1958, was poorly received at first but the following year won the first of his literary awards, the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize for young authors.
He received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth in 1989.