Caryl Phillips, best known as a novelist, was born in St. Kitts and moved to Leeds, England, at just 4 months old.
He started his literary career as a playwright, but has also written for television, radio and the cinema. Phillips won the BBC Giles Cooper Award for Best Radio play of the year with ‘The Wasted Years’ in 1984. He was named the Sunday Times Young Writer of the year in 1992 and was on the Granta list of Best Young British writers in 1993.
Aged 22, Phillips visited his birth island, St. Kitts for the first time. His trip provided inspiration for his novel, ‘The Final Passage.’ In 1995, he was the youngest English tenured professor in the US. During this time he wrote one of his most well known novels, ‘Crossing the River’. This novel won the Commonwealth Writers’ prize, the James Tait Black Memorial prize and was shortlisted for the Booker prize.