Anita Brookner, art historian and Booker prize winner, dies age 87

The literary world was in mourning for Anita Brookner, the celebrated novelist and art historian, who has died.

  • Anita Brookner, the surprise winner of the Booker prize for fiction in 1984, was 87.Anita-Brookner
  • Anita Brookner was highly regarded for her style and stories centring on the theme of middle-class loneliness, often featuring female protagonists.
  • Anita Brookner had been rated a 6-1 outsider when her fourth novel, Hotel du Lac, was the unexpected winner of the Booker prize in 1984.
  • Born into an immigrant family in Herne Hill, south London, in July 1928, Brookner’s Jewish background was to inform much of her writing in later life.
  • Later in life, Brookner was candid about her regrets, citing not getting married and not becoming a mother, but saying that the latter was the reason why she continued to be a writer.
  • Brookner continued to write late into her life and a novella, At the Hairdressers, was published as an e-book in 2011.

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