Nobel Prize-winning author who has published more than 30 books throughout the course of 50 years including The Mystic Masseur in 1957 and A Turn in the South in 1989.
He went to Queen's Royal College and won a Trinidad Government scholarship to study abroad when he was 17 years old.
He was offered a Writer-in-Residence fellowship at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda and started writing there in 1966.
He was married to Patricia Ann Hale from 1955 until 1996 and later Nadira Naipaul in 1996 up until his death.
Author Joan Didion wrote about his work in The New York Review of Books.