Tom Barnes in The Independent:
The Trinidadian-born author, most famous for his seminal 1961 novel A House for Mr Biswas, died peacefully on Friday, his wife Lady Naipaul announced.
“He was a giant in all that he achieved and he died surrounded by those he loved having lived a life which was full of wonderful creativity and endeavour,” she said in a statement.
Naipaul published more than 30 works spanning both fiction and nonfiction in a career spanning 50 years.
Born into an Indo-Trinidadian family in Trinidad and Tobagoin 1932, the author’s earlier, comic novels were often set in the Caribbean nation.
In 1948 he won a government scholarship to read English at Oxford‘s University College, where he suffered a nervous breakdown.