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A Start in Life
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The first novel from the author of the Booker Prize-winning Hotel du Lac, available as a Penguin Essential for the first time.

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Anita 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. She published her first novel, A Start in Life, in 1981 and her twenty-fourth, Strangers, in 2009. Hotel du Lac won the 1984 Booker Prize. As well as fiction, Anita Brookner has published a number of volumes of art criticism.

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Excellent * Sunday Times *
Enormously sophisticated, knowing, often very funny tragi-comedy * Financial Times *
How can anything be so funny and so sad both at once? Every sentence is an object lesson in compression and wit. -- Tessa Hadley * Guardian Summer Reads, 2015 *
A delight, amusing, beautifully written. * The Times *
Enormously sophisticated, knowing, often very funny tragi-comedy. * Financial Times *
Excellent, brilliantly drawn. * Sunday Times *

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