Anita Brookner


Born
in Herne Hill, England, The United Kingdom
July 16, 1928

Died
March 10, 2016

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Anita Brookner published her first novel, A Start In Life in 1981. Her most notable novel, her fourth, Hotel du Lac won the Man Booker Prize in 1984. Her novel, The Next Big Thing was longlisted (alongside John Banville's, Shroud) in 2002 for the Man Booker Prize. She has published over 25 works of fiction, notably: Strangers (2009) shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, Fraud (1992) and, The Rules of Engagement (2003). She was also the first female to hold a Slade Professorship of Fine Arts at Cambridge University. ...more

Average rating: 3.61 · 31,973 ratings · 3,200 reviews · 49 distinct worksSimilar authors
Hotel du Lac

3.59 avg rating — 16,942 ratings — published 1984 — 65 editions
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Look at Me

3.92 avg rating — 1,603 ratings — published 1983 — 28 editions
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The Rules of Engagement

3.27 avg rating — 783 ratings — published 2003 — 20 editions
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Strangers

3.41 avg rating — 832 ratings — published 2009 — 22 editions
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Leaving Home

3.41 avg rating — 651 ratings — published 2005 — 17 editions
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Fraud

3.72 avg rating — 666 ratings — published 1992 — 17 editions
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Latecomers

3.77 avg rating — 557 ratings — published 1988 — 21 editions
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A Misalliance

3.71 avg rating — 502 ratings — published 1986 — 17 editions
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The Debut

3.67 avg rating — 1,307 ratings — published 1981 — 25 editions
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Undue Influence

3.34 avg rating — 538 ratings — published 1999 — 16 editions
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More books by Anita Brookner…
“Good women always think it is their fault when someone else is being offensive. Bad women never take the blame for anything.”
Anita Brookner, Hotel du Lac

“My idea of absolute happiness is to sit in a hot garden all, reading, or writing, utterly safe in the knowledge that the person I love will come home to me in the evening. Every evening.'

'You are a romantic, Edith,' repeated Mr Neville, with a smile.

'It is you who are wrong,' she replied. 'I have been listening to that particular accusation for most of my life. I am not a romantic. I am a domestic animal. I do not sigh and yearn for extravagant displays of passion, for the grand affair, the world well lost for love. I know all that, and know that it leaves you lonely. No, what I crave is the simplicity of routine. An evening walk, arm in arm, in fine weather. A game of cards. Time for idle talk. Preparing a meal together.”
Anita Brookner, Hotel du Lac

“Dr Weiss, at forty, knew that her life had been ruined by literature”
Anita Brookner, A Start in Life

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What should be our April Group Read? (Literary Award Winners)

White Teeth by Zadie Smith (Commonwealth Writers Prize)
 
  19 votes 21.6%

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (Costa Book Award)
 
  14 votes 15.9%

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
 
  12 votes 13.6%

The Giver by Lois Lowry (Newbery Medal)
 
  8 votes 9.1%

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Anisfield-Wolf Award)
 
  8 votes 9.1%

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (Man Booker Prize)
 
  6 votes 6.8%

 
  4 votes 4.5%

Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner (Man Booker Prize)
 
  4 votes 4.5%

Small Island by Andrea Levy (Orange Women's Prize for Fiction)
 
  3 votes 3.4%

 
  3 votes 3.4%

The Sari Shop by Rupa Bajwa (Grinzane Cavour Best Young Author)
 
  3 votes 3.4%

Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm (Locus, Hugo, and Jupiter awards)
 
  2 votes 2.3%

The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny (Anthony Award, Agatha Award)
 
  2 votes 2.3%

88 total votes
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