Paul Bailey’s first novel, At the Jerusalem (1967), won three prizes, including the Somerset Maugham Award. This was followed by Trespasses (1970) and A Distant Likeness (1973). In 1974 he received the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 1977 the George Orwell Memorial Prize. Peter Smart’s Confessions (1977 & 2000) was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Old Soldiers appeared in 1980, and Gabriel’s Lament (also shortlisted for the Booker Prize ) in 1986. His other books include the memoir An Immaculate Mistake (1990), Sugar Cane (1993) and Kitty & Virgil (1998). He edited The Oxford Book of London, published in 1995.