(1926-2017) was a british author, novelist, playwright, and art critic. After studying at the Central and Chelsea Schools of Art he began to work as a painter and a drawing teacher, but soon turned to writing. His Marxism and artistic background are ever present in his novels, which include A Painter of Our Time (1958), The Foot of Clive (1962), and Corker’s Freedom (1964). G (1972), a story of migrant workers in Europe, won the Booker Prize. In later years he has been living in a peasant farming community in the French Jura, where he worked on a projected trilogy, Into Their Labours, about modern peasant life, completed in 1991.