Banner: Woking Boys Grammar School. Image courtesy of Jenny Mukerji

"I am a writer who wishes to write international novels. What is an 'international' novel? I believe it to be one, quite simply, that contains a vision of life that is of importance to people of varied backgrounds around the world. It may concern characters who jet across continents, but may just as easily be set firmly in one small locality."

Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Japan and came to England when he was five.  His family lived in Guildford and he entered Woking Boys’ Grammar School in 1966. In school, he was described as fairly quiet and was the captain of his form.

After leaving school, he maintained correspondence with Mr Butterworth, the Deputy Head at the school, until the latter’s death.  He became a social worker and wrote songs in his spare time.  He then went onto read English and Philosophy at the University of Kent at Canterbury, afterwards gaining an M.A. in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in 1980.

His first novel A Pale View of Hills (1982) was awarded the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize. The novels Remains of the Day (1989) won the Booker Prize, and An Artist of the Floating World (1986), When We Were Orphans (2000), and Never Let Me Go (2005), were all short-listed. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2017, was awarded the OBE in 1995, and was knighted in 2018.

His works have been translated into 40 languages, and four novels have been made films, notably Remains of the Day, which gained eight Academy Award nominations.  His latest novel is The Buried Giant (2015).