Kazuo Ishiguro

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Kazuo Ishiguro OBE (Japanese: カズオ・イシグロ (Kazuo Ishiguro) or 石黒 一雄 (Ishiguro Kazuo); born 8 November 1954) is a JapaneseEnglish novelist. He was born in Nagasaki, Japan, and his family moved to England in 1960. Ishiguro obtained his Bachelor's degree from University of Kent in 1978 and his Master's from the University of East Anglia's creative writing course in 1980. He became a British citizen in 1982.

Ishiguro is one of the most celebrated contemporary fiction authors in the English-speaking world, having received four Man Booker Prize nominations, including winning the 1989 prize for his novel The Remains of the Day. In 2008, The Times named Ishiguro among their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".

Recently, his novel Never Let Me Go has been adapted to film.


Early life and career

Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki on 8 November 1954, the son of Shigeo Ishiguro, an oceanographer, and his wife Shizuko.[1] In 1960 his family, including his two sisters, moved to Guildford, Surrey so that his father could work on oil development in the North Sea.[1] He attended Stoughton Primary School and then Woking County Grammar School in Surrey.[1] After finishing school he took a 'gap year' and travelled through America and Canada, whilst writing a journal and sending demo tapes to record companies.[1]

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