Henry Hitchings

An inspirational teacher: Elizabeth Finch, by Julian Barnes, reviewed

Loosely based on Anita Brookner, Barnes’s title character is an idiosyncratic lecturer who encourages her students to think deeply about the past

Anita Brookner, on whom the character of Elizabeth Finch is loosely based. [Getty Images]

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