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The Booker Prize 1984

The Booker Prize 1984

The Winner

Hotel du Lac

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.


Winning Author

Anita Brookner

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.

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The Shortlist

The Judges