Robert McLiam Wilson

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Robert McLiam Wilson (born Robert Wilson, 24 February 1966,[1] Andersonstown, Belfast[2]) is a Northern Irish novelist. He attended St Malachy's College and studied English at St Catharine's College, Cambridge;[3] however, he dropped out[2] and, for a short time, was homeless. This period of his life profoundly affected his later life and influenced his works.[citation needed]

McLiam Wilson has written three novels:[1]

Ripley Bogle is a novel about a homeless man in London. It won the Rooney Prize and the Hughes Prize in 1989, and a Betty Trask Award and the Irish Book Awards in 1990.[1]

Eureka Street focuses on the lives of two Belfast friends, one Catholic and one Protestant, shortly before and after the IRA ceasefires in 1994. A BBC TV adaptation of Eureka Street was broadcast in 1999.[2] He is also the author of a non-fiction book about poverty, The Dispossessed (1992),[1] and has made television documentaries for the BBC.

In 2003, he was named by Granta magazine as one of 20 "Best of Young British Novelists", despite the fact that he has not published new work in English since 1996.[1] His next novel, Extremists, has been postponed again and again. Wilson reportedly married and moved to Paris.[citation needed]

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