Anita Brookner studied history at King’s College London, and subsequently taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art from 1964 to 1988.
Brookner was the Slade Professor of Fine Art at the University of Cambridge from 1967 to 1968, the first woman to hold this position. As an academic she specialised in eighteenth-century French art.
At 53 years old, she turned to fiction and went on to publish 24 novels. Her best known work, Hotel du Lac (1984), is the story of a woman banished from her circle having broken off an engagement.