Anita Brookner
Anita Brookner (1928-2016) was an English author, best known for her Booker Prize-winning novel Hotel du Lac. Born in London in 1928, Anita Brookner received a B.A. from King’s College, University of London, and a Ph.D in the history of art from the Courtauld Institute. Brookner taught at the University of Reading from 1959 to 1964, and was a Lecturer in Art History at the Courtauld. From 1967 to 1968 she was Slade Professor at Cambridge – the first woman to hold that position.

Anita Brookner made her debut as a published novelist in 1981 with the novel A Start in Life (aka The Debut). Her final novel was Strangers, published in 2009. Below is a list of Anita Brookner’s books in order of when they were first released:

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


A Start in Life(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Providence(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Look at Me(1983) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hotel du Lac(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Family and Friends(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Misalliance(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Friend from England(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Latecomers(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lewis Percy(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Brief Lives(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Closed Eye(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fraud(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Family Romance(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Private View(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Incidents in the Rug Laugier(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Altered States(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Visitors(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Falling Slowly(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Undue Influence(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Bay of Angels(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Next Big Thing(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Rules of Engagement(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Leaving Home(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Strangers(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas


At the Hairdresser's(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books


Soundings(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: A Start in Life was also titled The Debut. A Family Romance was also published as Dolly. The Next Big Thing was also published as Making Things Better.

If You Like Anita Brookner Books, You’ll Love…

Anita Brookner Synopses: In Look at Me by Anita Brookner, a lonely art historian engulfed in her research seizes the opportunity to share in the joys and pleasures of the lives of a glittering couple, only to find her hopes of companionship and happiness shattered.

Latecomers by Anita Brookner is about a 50-year friendship of two very different German refugees brought over to England as children from Nazi Germany. Their friendship becomes a humourous yet touching model for the ways in which people deal with the tragedy of life.

In the 36-page short story At the Hairdresser’s by Anita Brookner, solitude is to be expected for Elizabeth Warner. She lives in a basement flat near Victoria and leaves the house only to go shopping and to have her hair done – until a chance encounter at the hairdresser’s brings unexpected change.


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