Anita Brookner was born and lived in London, apart from several years in Paris. She trained as an art historian and taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art until 1988. Her first novel, A Start In Life, was published in 1981 when she was 53. She went on to write a total of twenty four novels and won the Booker Prize in 1984 with Hotel du Lac. Brookner, an award winning novelist and art historian, died this week aged 87.
We have selected five of our favourite novels from her collection.
Into the rarefied atmosphere of the Hotel du Lac timidly walks Edith Hope, romantic novelist and holder of modest dreams. Edith has been exiled from home after embarrassing herself and her friends. She has refused to sacrifice her ideals and remains stubbornly single. But among the pampered women and minor nobility Edith finds Mr Neville, and her chance to escape from a life of humiliating spinsterhood is renewed. Winner of the Booker Prize in 1984. Buy the book here.
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