Anita Brookner was born in London in 1928. She trained as an art historian and taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art until 1988.
The winner of the 1984 Booker Prize, this novel tells the story of Edith Hope, 40, unmarried and distraught over a failed love, who is persuaded by friends to go to the quiet, respectable Hotel du Lac in Switzerland. A writer of romantic fiction, Hope becomes enmeshed in the lives of the other guests. Noting that the delivery was perhaps more important than specific events, PW called Brookner ``insidiously observant, so soft of voice the reader must listen closely for the wry wit and sly humor. She is poignantly moving.'' (March)
A smashing love story. It is very romantic. It is also humorous, witty, touching and formidably clever The Times A classic...a book which will be read with pleasure a hundred years from now Spectator Written with a beautiful grave formality, and it catches at the heart Observer She is one of the great writers of contemporary fiction Literary Review