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Alex Morton is a talented writer who (A1) ... a very interesting life. He was born in 1945 in Manchester, and he was the youngest of six children. From the moment he could read, he was never without a book in his hands. He was a very keen reader throughout his schooldays, and he soon showed his talent for writing, too. After he left school he went to Manchester University. By the time he got his BA, he (A2) ... a number of short stories, and his first novel (A3) ... . Over the next few years he (A4) ... non-stop and each of his books was more successful than the last. Despite being so busy with his work, Alex still found time for romance. He met Fiona Jones while he was at university and they (A5) ... in 1971. They have two children. He has always been a devoted husband and father. Alex Morton (A6) ... over twenty books so far and his name has been on the best seller list more times than he can remember. However, the peak of his career was when he (A7) ... the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1995. Since then, Alex has continued to write and many of his books have been made into films.
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