Brian Moore

Born in Belfast in 1921, he was educated in Ireland, and travelled to North Africa when he was 22. He emigrated from Belfast to Canada after the Second World War in 1948, where he became a reporter with the Montreal Gazette. His first novel, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, was written in Montreal, published in England and the US in 1955, and later adapted for screen. This was followed by The Feast of Lupercal (1957); The Luck of Ginger Coffey (1960); An Answer From Limbo (1962); The Emperor of Ice-Cream (1965); I am Mary Dunne (1968); Fergus (1970); The Revolution Script (1971); Catholics (1972); The Great Victorian Collection (1975); The Doctor’s Wife (1976); The Mangan Inheritance (1979); The Temptation of Eileen Hughes (1981); Cold Heaven (1983); Black Robe (1985); The Colour of Blood (1987); Lies of Silence (1990); No Other Life (1993) and The Statement (1995). He won numerous awards and accolades during his career including the Quebec Literature Prize (1958), Guggenheim fellow (1959); the US National Arts and Letters Award (1961); Governor General, Canada Fiction Award (1961, 75), Canadian Council senior fellowship (1962, 76), WH Smith Award (1973) James Tait Black Memorial Award (1975); Heinemann Award, Royal Society of Literature (1986); and Scottish Arts Council International fellowship (1983). His novels The Colour of Blood and Lies of Silence were nominated for the Booker Prize. He finally settled in California, where he died.

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