Barry Unsworth, the historical fiction author has died at the age of 81 in Italy. The Durham-born author was awarded the Booker Prize in 1992 for his novel Sacred Hunger, which dealt with the Atlantic slave trade of the 18th Century. His most recent novel – The Quality of Mercy, a continuation of Sacred Hunger – came out just last year.
“The fascination for writing historical novels is that things were different but they were the same,” he told the BBC in 2011. “You say something that is true of the 18th Century, but at the same time you are saying something that is true of our time as well”.
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