Over the course of 28 years, Anita Brookner wrote 24 books. She published her first novel, A Start in Life, in 1981 and her final one, Strangers, in 2009.
Brookner was born in south London in 1928, the daughter of a Polish immigrant family. She trained as an art historian, and worked at the Courtauld Institute of Art until her retirement in 1988. Hotel du Lac won the 1984 Booker Prize. As well as fiction, Anita Brookner has published a number of volumes of art criticism.