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Anne Tyler to receive Sunday Times literary excellence award

17th January 2012

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Tyler is to receive the 2012 Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence, joining a long list of recipients honoured for their lifetime contribution to literature.

The 70-year-old author will be presented with the prize by the newspaper's literary editor, Andrew Holgate, at The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival on April 1st, during what will be her first ever visit to the UK.

Holgate said that Tyler, whose works include Breathing Lessons, The Accidental Tourist and The Amateur Marriage, was a worthy recipient of the prize.

'Since 1987, the prize has been awarded to a remarkable range of authors, from Anthony Burgess, Muriel Spark and Margaret Atwood to Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney and John le Carre. I can think of no modern English-language author who more deserves to be added to that list than Anne Tyler,' he added.

Holgate also praised the 'effortlessness' of Tyler's prose and said this is matched by her empathy for her characters, the depth of her human understanding and the 'consistency of her literary vision'.

Tyler added that she was 'surprised and delighted' to receive the award and spoke of the 'great honour' it will be to be placed alongside the other esteemed recipients of the prize.

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