English author Kazuo Ishiguro has been named winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in literature.

The £832,000 Nobel Prize, which has been awarded since 1901, is for the writing of an author who, in the words of Alfred Nobel’s bequest, “shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction”.

Ishiguro becomes the 114th winner, following in the footsteps of writers including Seamus Heaney, Wole Soyinka, Toni Morrison, Mo Yan and Pablo Neruda.

Ishiguro received praise from the Swedish Academy, who they said “in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world”

Kenyan renowned author, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, was among the writers shortlisted for the award, as well as Margaret Atwood and Haruki Murakami.

The Academy said Ishiguro’s work is “marked by a carefully restrained mode of expression, independent of whatever events are taking place”.

The Brit authored The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go.

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