Ishiguro graduated from the University of Kent with a bachelor’s degree in English and Philosophy in 1978 and gained his Master’s from the University of East Anglia’s creative writing course in 1980. Previously he received four Man Booker Prize nominations and won the 1989 award for his novel The Remains of the Day. In 2008, The Times ranked Ishiguro 32nd on their list of “The 50 Greatest British Writers Since 1945.
A number of his novels are set in the past, have science fiction qualities and a futuristic tone or took place in a parallel world. His novels, with one exception, are written in the first-person narrative style. In response to receiving the Nobel prize, Ishiguro stated: “It’s a magnificent honour, mainly because it means that I’m in the footsteps of the greatest authors that have lived, so that’s a terrific commendation. The world is in a very uncertain moment and I would hope all the Nobel Prizes would be a force for something positive in the world as it is at the moment. I’ll be deeply moved if I could in some way be part of some sort of climate this year in contributing to some sort of positive atmosphere at a very uncertain time.”