WILLIAM TREVOR was born in Mitchelstown, County Cork, in 1928. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and has spent a great part of his life in Ireland. Since his first novel, The Old Boys, was awarded the Hawthorne Prize in 1964, he has received many honours for his work, including the Royal Society of Literature Award, the allied Irish Banks Prize for Literature, and the Whitbread Book of the Year Award. His novel, The Story of Lucy Gault, was shortlisted for both the Man Booker Prize and the Whitbread Fiction Prize. Trevor is a member of the Irish Academy of Letters. He has been awarded an Honorary CBE, was made a Companion of Literature, and was knighted for his services to literature. In 1999, Felicia’s Journey was made into an award-winning film by Atom Egoyan. His most recent books are A Bit on the Side and Cheating at Canastas.