Jacket for 'A Start in Life'


UK - Fig Tree
USA - Simon & Schuster
Germany - Julia Eisele
The Netherlands - Orlando
Spain - Libros del Asteroide

A Start in Life

By Anita Brookner

Dr Weiss, at forty, knew that her life had been ruined by literature.


Beautiful, intelligent but lonely academic Ruth Weiss studies Balzac trying to work out exactly where her own life went wrong.  Yet as she finds herself examining her childhood in London, the friendships that once meant so much to her and the ill-fated relationships she embarked on in Paris, she sees that her life has not been quite the series of missteps she had once thought.  That perhaps there is still a chance at happiness, a new start…


Enormously sophisticated, often very funny tragicomedy.

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