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Poet and award-winning Falstaff novelist Robert Nye dies aged 77

Poet and novelist Robert Nye has died at the age of 77, his agent has announced.

Nye died in the early hours of Saturday at a hospice near Cork, Ireland, his literary agent, Vivienne Schuster of Curtis Brown, said.

Nye’s best-selling novel, Falstaff, won the Hawthornden Prize and Guardian Fiction Prize. He won the Eric Gregory Award for one of his collections of poems, Juvenilia 2.

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He was also a literary journalist, and worked as a poetry critic for The Times.

Nye was born in London in 1939 and had lived in Ireland for some years.

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