Sir Malcolm Bradbury was born in Sheffield in September 1932. He was responsible for setting up the famous creative writing department at the University of East Anglia where he became Emeritus Professor of American Studies. He was the author of seven novels and several works of non fiction. His novels included The History Man and Rates of Exchange which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His critical works included The Modern American Novel and Dangerous Pilgrimages. He also wrote television plays and adapted several television series including Tom Sharpe’s Porterhouse Blue. He was made a CBE in 1991 for services to literature and knighted in the New Year Honours List for 2000. He died in Norwich in November 2000.