Nobel Prize-winning author VS Naipaul dies aged 85

V.S. Naipaul attends the Hay Festival in Wales in 2011

V.S. Naipaul attends the Hay Festival in Wales in 2011

Reports out of the United Kingdom quotes his wife, Lady Naipaul, as confirming his death.

"He died surrounded by those he loved having lived a life which was full of wonderful creativity and endeavour", his wife Lady Nadira Naipaul said in a statement.

His best-known works include A House for Mr Biswas, The Mystic Masseur, A Bend in the River and the Booker prize-winning In a Free State.

Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul wrote more than 30 books and won the Nobel Literature Prize in 2001.

On social media, fans paid tribute to Sir Vidia and expressed their sadness.

Beauty writer Patrice Yursik called Sir Vidia a "titan of Caribbean literature".

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It was based on the life of his father Seepersad, who was a reporter for the Trinidad Guardian. He moved to England at 18 after receiving a scholarship to University College, Oxford.

When he was awarded the 2001 Nobel prize for literature, the Swedish Academy described him as a "literary circumnavigator, only ever really at home in himself, in his inimitable voice". "In a vigilant style, (he) transforms rage into precision and allows events to speak with their own inherent irony".

His first published novel, “"The Mystic Masseur", written in 1955, 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.

Naipaul was also outspoken throughout his career, likening former British prime minister Tony Blair to a pirate at the head of a socialist revolution.

He also notoriously fell out with author Paul Theroux, whom he had mentored, but the pair later reunited and resolved their differences.

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