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Hotel Du Lac (Vintage Contemporaries)
Hotel Du Lac (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Anita Brookner
BOOKER PRIZE WINNER • When romance writer Edith Hope’s life begins to resemble the plots of her own novels, she 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...
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Dolly (Vintage Contemporaries)
Dolly (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Anita Brookner
In her superbly accomplished novel, Anita Brookner proves that she is our most profound observer of women's lives, posing questions about feminine identity and desire with a stylishness that conveys an almost sensual pleasure.From the moment Jane Manning first meets her aunt Dolly, she is both fascinated and appalled. Where Jane is...
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The Rules of Engagement: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries)
The Rules of Engagement: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Anita Brookner
Elizabeth and Betsy had been school friends in 1950s London. Elizabeth, prudent and introspective, values social propriety. Betsy, raised by a spinster aunt, is open, trusting, and desperate for affection. After growing up and going their separate ways, the two women reconnect later in life. Elizabeth has married kind but tedious Digby...
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At the Hairdresser's (Penguin Specials)
At the Hairdresser's (Penguin Specials)
by Anita Brookner
Penguin Specials are designed to fill a gap. Written to be read over a long commute or a short journey, they are original and exclusively in digital form. This is a poignant novella from Anita Brookner.'I rather hope I shall die at the hairdresser's, for they are bound to know what to do. At least that is what I tell myself.'Solitude...
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The Debut
The Debut
by Anita Brookner
An “almost flawless novel” ( People ) about a quiet scholar who is convinced that her life has been ruined by literature and that she must make a new start in life. Since childhood, Ruth Weiss had been escaping from life into books, and from the attentions of her eccentric parents into the gentler warmth and company of friends and...
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Latecomers (Vintage Contemporaries)
Latecomers (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Anita Brookner
A novel about the 50-year friendship of two dissimilar German refugees brought over to England as children from Nazi Germany. Their friendship becomes a funny yet touching model for the ways in which human beings come to terms with the tragedy of living.
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Fraud (Vintage Contemporaries)
Fraud (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Anita Brookner
At the heart of Anita Brookner's new novel lies a double mystery: What has happened to Anna Durrant, a solitary woman of a certain age who has disappeared from her London flat? And why has it taken four months for anyone to notice? As Brookner reconstructs Anna's life and character through the eyes of her acquaintances, she gives us a...
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Look at Me (Vintage Contemporaries)
Look at Me (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Anita Brookner
A lonely art historian absorbed in her research seizes the opportunity to share in the joys and pleasures of the lives of a glittering couple, only to find her hopes of companionship and happiness shattered.
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Brief Lives (Vintage Contemporaries)
Brief Lives (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Anita Brookner
With this novel, Booker Prize-winning author Anita Brookner confirms her reputation as an unparalleled observer of social nuance and deeply felt longings. Brief Lives chronicles an unlikely friendship: that between the flamboyant, monstrously egocentric Julia and the modest, self-effacing Fay, who is at once fascinated and appalled by...
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A Misalliance (Vintage Contemporaries)
A Misalliance (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Anita Brookner
After twenty years of marriage Blanche Vernon is alone; abandoned by her husband Bertie for a childishly demanding computer expert named Mousie. While Blanche finds this turn of events baffling, she feels that Bertie must have left her because of her overly sensible demeanor. Yet many of their mutual friends disagree. In fact, Blanche...
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Falling Slowly (Vintage Contemporaries)
Falling Slowly (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Anita Brookner
The brilliant Anita Brookner, praised by The New York Times as "one of the finest novelists of her generation," now gives us a stunning story of two sisters and the strange patterns of identity and love.         The Sharpe sisters have lived a careful and contemplative existence. Miriam is a translator of French texts and Beatrice a...
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Strangers (Vintage Contemporaries)
Strangers (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Anita Brookner
Booker Prize-winner Anita Brookner captures the magic and depth of real life with this story of an ordinary man whose unexpected longings, doubts, and fears are universal.   Paul Sturgis is resigned to his bachelorhood and the quietude of his London flat. He occasionally pays obliging visits to his nearest living relative, Helena, his...
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Providence (Vintage Contemporaries)
Providence (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Anita Brookner
Kitty Maule longs to be "totally unreasonable, totally unfair, very demanding, and very beautiful." She is instead clever, reticent, self-possessed, and striking. For years. Kitty has been tactfully courting her colleague Maurice Bishop, a detached, elegant English professor. Now, running out of patience, Kitty's amorous pursuit takes...
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Making Things Better (Vintage Contemporaries)
Making Things Better (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Anita Brookner
Facing life alone at an advanced age, Julius Herz cannot shake the sense that he should be elsewhere, doing other things. Walking through bustling streets that seem increasingly alien to him, he’s confronted by life’s pressing questions with an urgency he has never known before: what do we owe the people in our lives? How should we fill...
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Lewis Percy (Vintage Contemporaries)
Lewis Percy (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Anita Brookner
Anita Brookner is justly famous for her elegant, almost Jamesian character studies of women poised on the threshold of life. But in Lewis Percy, she performs a remarkable leap of imaginative empathy in her portrayal of a man torn between the reassuring cloister of the library and the alluring but terrifying world of the senses, a world...
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A Friend from England (Vintage Contemporaries)
A Friend from England (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Anita Brookner
In one of her most delicate and suspenseful novels to date, Anita Brookner brings us an exquisite story of friendship and duty. Rachel Kennedy and Oscar Livingston were not precisely friends or family. Rachel had been acquanted with Oscar for some time, first as her father’s accountant, and then as her own. Part owner of a London...
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Incidents in the Rue Laugier (Vintage Contemporaries)
Incidents in the Rue Laugier (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Anita Brookner
Maud Gonthier yearns for an escape from the cocoon of the bourgeois modesty. The splendid, caddish David Tyler appears to offer one. In this stylish, deeply knowing novel by the author of Hotel du Lac, Maud's seduction creates a chemistry of longing, sensuality, and betrayal--with a surprising climax. 240 pp.
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Leaving Home (Vintage Contemporaries)
Leaving Home (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Anita Brookner
At twenty-six, Emma Roberts comes to the painful realization that if she is ever to become truly independent, she must leave her comfortable London flat and venture into the wider world. This entails not only breaking free from a claustrophobic relationship with her mother, but also shedding her inherited tendency toward melancholy. Once...
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Family and Friends (Vintage Contemporaries)
Family and Friends (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Anita Brookner
In an ambitious departure from her usual form, Anita Brookner expands her canvas in Family and Friends to create a richly textured novel about the life of a wealthy Jewish family in London, focusing on the generation that came to maturity between the two World Wars.  Presiding over the Dorn household is the formidable Sofka, an...
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A Closed Eye (Vintage Contemporaries)
A Closed Eye (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Anita Brookner
In A Closed Eye, Anita Brookner explores, with compassionate insight and stylistic brilliance, the self-inflicted paradoxes in the life of Harriet Lytton, a woman whose powers of submissiveness and self-denial are suddenly tested by the dizzying prospect of sexual awakening. In Harriers gallant struggle with the single great temptation...
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Visitors: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries)
Visitors: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Anita Brookner
The extraordinary Anita Brookner gives us a brilliant novel about age and awakening. In  Visitors , Brookner explores what happens when a woman's quiet resignation to fate is challenged by the arrogance of youth. Dorothea May is most at ease in the company of strangers -- so when she is prevailed upon to take in a young man in town for...
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Altered States (Vintage Contemporaries)
Altered States (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Anita Brookner
Standing on a railway platform in a Swiss resort town, sensibly clad in his Burberry raincoat and walking shoes, a man thinks he may be looking at the woman for whom he ruined his life many years earlier. Alan Sherwood, a quiet English solicitor, remembers back to a time when he stepped briefly out of character to indulge in a liaison...
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The Bay of Angels: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries)
The Bay of Angels: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Anita Brookner
Despite growing up with a widowed and reclusive mother, young Zoë Cunningham retains an unshakable faith in storybook happy endings. When her mother, Anne, finally decides to remarry, Zoë is thrilled with her prospective stepfather, Simon Gould, who is not only wealthy, but also kind and generous. Simon’s affection for his new family...
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Undue Influence (Vintage Contemporaries)
Undue Influence (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Anita Brookner
In Undue Influence , acclaimed novelist Anita Brookner proves once again that even in the most closely circumscribed of lives, hearts can venture into unknown-and potentially explosive-territory. Claire Pitt is nothing if not a practical young woman, living a life in contemporary London that is to all appearances placid, orderly and...
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A Private View (Vintage Contemporaries)
A Private View (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Anita Brookner
Brookner explores the complications that arise when one solitary man comes up against a woman who seems determined to invade his solitude. George Bland is an aging bachelor whose existence has been virtually a mirror image of his name--up until now. For into George's life walks Katy Gibb, young, abrasively self-assured, who incites in...
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