Britain’s minister for culture, Tessa Jowell, said that Trevor, who is celebrated for his elegant short stories as well as his novels, “has produced an enormous body of work over nearly 40 years and won many of the most prestigious literary awards.”
Trevor’s novels include “The Old Boys,” winner of the Hawthornden Prize; “The Children of Dynmouth” and “Fools of Fortune,” which both won the Whitbread Fiction Award, and “Felicia’s Journey,” named Whitbread Book of the Year.
Most recently, his short story collection “The Hill Bachelors” won both the Macmillan Silver Pen Award and the Irish Times Literature prize.
He was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1977
Trevor has lived in the UK since the 1950s but remains an Irish citizen and will not be entitled to call himself Sir William Trevor.