The Loss of El Dorado (1969) eventually became a narrative history of Trinidad based on primary sources.
Pat spent many months in the archives of the British Library reading those sources.
; 17 August 1932 – 11 August 2018), most commonly known as V. Naipaul, and informally, Vidia Naipaul, was a Trinidad-born British writer of works of fiction and nonfiction in English.
He is known for his comic early novels set in Trinidad, his bleaker later novels of the wider world, and his vigilant chronicles of life and travels.
From the mangrove swamps channels ran to the ocean between sand banks that were daily made and broken off, as neatly as if cut by machines, shallow channels of clear water touched with the amber of dead leaves, cool to the feet, different from the warm sea.
He spent the next few months in Trinidad writing the story, a novella named "A Flag on the Island", later published in the collection A Flag on the Island.
I was soon far away from the village and from people, and was alone on the beach, smooth and shining silver in the dying light.
No coconut now, but mangrove, tall on the black cages of their roots.
He published more than thirty books over fifty years.Without that fellowship, without the response of the three men who read the story, I might not have wanted to go on with what I had begun. Sitting in the BBC freelancers' room in the old Langham Hotel, he wrote "Bogart", the first story of Miguel Street, which was inspired by a neighbour he knew as a child in Port of Spain. The New York Times said about the book: "The sketches are written lightly, so that tragedy is understated and comedy is overstated, yet the ring of truth always prevails." Diana Athill, an editor at the publishing company André Deutsch, read Miguel Street and liked it, but publisher André Deutsch thought a book of short stories by an unknown Caribbean writer unlikely to sell profitably in Britain. In 1956, Naipaul returned to Trinidad for a two-month stay with his family.Travelling by ship there, he sent humorous sketches of the ship's West Indian passengers to Pat. It remained the land of my childhood, an area of darkness; like the Himalayan passes, it was closing up again, as fast as I withdrew from it, into a land of myth; it seemed to exist in just the timelessness which I had imagined as a child, into which, for all that I walked on Indian earth, I knew I could not penetrate. I had learned my separateness from India, and was content to be a colonial, without a past, without ancestors.Naipaul won the Booker Prize in 1971 for his novel In a Free State.In 1989, he was awarded the Trinity Cross, Trinidad and Tobago's highest national honour.