1952 – He was born this year in Accra, Ghana, on the 7th day of March. He was educated at Gordonstoun School, Glasgow University and Jesus College, Oxford.
1981 – His first novel, A Good Man in Africa (1981), was published while he was a lecturer in English at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and won the Whitbread First Novel Award and a Somerset Maugham Award.
1983 – He was selected as one of the 20 ‘Best of Young British Novelists’ in a promotion run by Granta magazine and the Book Marketing Council. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
1990 – He wrote his novel Brazzaville Beach, which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction.
1998 – He wrote, “Armadillo” which is set in London and follows the adventures of insomniac loss-adjustor Lorimer Black.
1999 – He also wrote and directed the First World War drama The Trench, first screened this year.
2001 – His book was adapted for television as a four-part series screened by the BBC.
2004 – His “Fascination,” which was a new collection of short stories was published this year.
2005 – He was awarded with a CBE this year.