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1984 Booker Prize Winner

Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner


Publisher: Jonathan Cape

Length: 184

About: Woman looking to be loved

Style: Narrated by thoughts, unsent letters & conversations with hotel guests

Where: England (London) & Switzerland (Lake Geneva)

When: 1980s



Publisher’s synopsis:


Hotel du Lac tells the story of Edith Hope, who writes romance novels under a psudonym. When her life begins to resemble the plots of her own novels, however, Edith flees to Switzerland, where the quiet luxury of the Hotel du Lac promises to restore her to her senses. But instead of peace and rest, Edith finds herself sequestered at the hotel with an assortment of love’s casualties and exiles. She also attracts the attention of a worldly man determined to release her unused capacity for mischief and pleasure.





They want to believe that they are going to be discovered, looking their best, behind closed doors, just when they thought that all was lost by a man who has battled across continents abandoning whatever he has in his in-tray, to reclaim them.






Brookner's most absorbing novel...wryly realistic...graceful and attractive.

Anne Tyler, The New York Times Book Review



Not so good:


Malcolm Bradbury called her winning novel, Hotel du Lac, "parochial", and thundered that it was not the sort of book that should have won the Booker. The New Statesman said it was "pretentious" although did at least do Brookner the kindness of noting that "it wasn't her fault that she won the prize." The author herself half-apologised that her books are "quite nice but unimportant" and suggested it might have been better if Empire Of The Sun had won in its place.

Sam Jordison Guardian Books Blog 5th August 2009



About the author


Dr Anita Brookner, was born in London on 16 July 1928. Her first novel, A Start in Life, was published in 1981. Hotel du Lac, her fourth novel, won the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1984 and was adapted for television in 1986. She has written over twenty novels, most recently Leaving Home (2005). A Fellow of New Hall, Cambridge, she was made a CBE in 1990. Anita Brookner lives in London.
















































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Adapted for television for BBC and A&E Television networks in 1986





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It's a massive day in arts and journalism because the 100th annual Pulitzer Prize winners were just announced, and there's a big surprise. 2015's best artistic and nonfiction writing across 21 categories were recognized during a ceremony Monday afternoon at Columbia University in New York City. The first Pulitzer Prize was awarded to Hebert Bayward Swope, a reporter for The New York World, in 1916. (And if you're as big a fan of Newsies as I am, that paper should ring a bell, but try to think of it more positively.)

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