Sir Kazuo Ishiguro is one of the most celebrated contemporary fiction authors in the English-speaking world, having received four Man Booker Prize nominations, and winning the 1989 prize for his novel The Remains of the Day. In July 1990 the University made Kazuo Ishiguro an honorary Doctor of Letters. In 2008, The Times ranked Ishiguro 32nd on their list of 'The 50 greatest British writers since 1945'.
In October 2017, Kazuo Ishiguro win the Nobel Prize in Literature. In awarding the prize the judges praised his novels for their 'great emotional force' and the way in which his work has 'uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world'.