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Irish writer William Trevor dies

AAP logoAAP 21/11/2016

Celebrated Irish novelist and short-story writer William Trevor has died aged 88.

"We regret to announce the death of William Trevor, one of Ireland's greatest writers," his publisher Penguin Ireland said in a statement on Twitter. "We extend our deepest condolences to his family."

Irish national broadcaster RTE hailed Trevor as "a master of the modern short story," quoting President Michael D Higgins as saying he was "a writer of world renown, of great distinction, of towering achievements, of elegance and grace."

The New Yorker also paid tribute on Twitter to Trevor as "one of the greats," saying he had published nearly 50 stories in the magazine.

Trevor was shortlisted three times for the Booker Prize and won several literary awards in Ireland and Britain.

He was born in County Cork in southern Ireland in 1928 but he was based in Devon in south-western England in recent decades.

"I always call myself an Irish writer," RTE quoted him as once saying. "I'm one of the few Irish writers who actually likes the phrase. Since I am an Irishman, I feel I belong to the Irish tradition."

The old boys, which Trevor called his first novel, has remained one of Trevor's best-known works since its publication in 1964, while his most recent novel, Love and summer, was long-listed for the Booker Prize in 2009.

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