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, including Leaving Home (2005) and Strangers (2009). A Fellow of New Hall, Cambridge, she was made a CBE in 1990.