British author Anita Brookner has died

Syndetics book coverThe prolific British author Anita Brookner has died aged 87. She was a much acclaimed art historian, becoming the first female Professor of Fine Art at the University of Cambridge and began her writing career with several academic works, and retired in 1988 after being Reader at the Courtauld Institute of Art since 1977. Her first novel was published in 1981, titled, A Start in Life, and this began a prolific career as a novelist with 24 novels published, the last being titled Strangers, published in 2009. In 1984 her novel titled, Hotel du lac was awarded the Man Booker Prize; this was adapted to film in 1986.