"William Trevor", Order of the British Empire/KBE, is an Irish people/Irish novelist, playwright and short story writer. One of the elder statesmen of the Irish literary world, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest contemporary writers of short stories in the English language.

A member of Aosdána, Trevor has resided in Devon, South West England, since the 1950s literature/1950s. Over the course of his long career he has written several novels and hundreds of short stories, for which he is best known. He has won the Whitbread Prize three times and has been nominated five times for the Booker Prize, most recently for his novel Love and Summer (2009), which was also shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2011. His name has also been mentioned in relation to the Nobel Prize in Literature. Tim Adams, a staff writer for The Observer, described him as "widely believed to be the most astute observer of the human condition currently writing in fiction".

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The Irish delight in stories, of whatever kind, because their telling and their reception are by now instinctive.

He traveled in order to come home.

And when she was old, if she began to believe that Ralph had been a figment, and this summer too, it would not matter because time turned memories into figments anyway.

I value mothers and motherhood enormously. For every inattentive or abusive mother in my fiction I think you'll find a dozen or so who are neither.

A disease in the family that is never mentioned.

The capacity you're thinking of is imagination; without it there can be no understanding, indeed no fiction.