Sunday 24 April 2022

'Fifty-five minutes, with slides': Brookner at the Booker

A welcome arrival on YouTube: a recording of the 1984 Booker Prize dinner at which Anita Brookner learned of her win. Brookner's surprise is genuine; it was a strong year. The clip includes Julian Barnes (see last week's post) and Brookner's future biographer Hermione Lee.


  1. Thank you for posting this video. She looks and sounds just as I imagined. Her comment about 55 minutes, with slides, just fits her perfectly!

  2. Thank you! I had never heard her voice or seen her in motion before. What a wonderful website.

  3. I felt quite moved watching that clip. To see and hear this woman for the first time…. Put simply, I loved her work. Each of her books I’ve read several times. She mesmerised me. Every summer waiting for the latest book to appear… A wonderful, wonderful author. My absolute favourite writer. Thank you for sharing that video.

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  4. This made me weep… lovely to see her face when she won.

  5. Thank you, thank you, for posting this.

  6. She was a genius!


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