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The Booker Prize 1984

The Winner

Hotel du Lac

By Anita Brookner

Published by Cape

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.


The Shortlist

The 1984 Judges

Professor Richard Cobb (Chair)

Anthony Curtis

Polly Devlin

John Fuller

Ted Rowlands