Milkman

ISBN
9780571355075
Published
05/09/2019
9780571355075
Format
Hardback
Price
£14.99
Paperback
368

About the Book

Liberty fabric covered editions bring classics from the Faber backlist together with important modern titles, putting them in conversation and celebrating both the history and the future of Faber & Faber.


In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes ‘interesting’. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous…

Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences.


In 2019, Milkman, winner of the 2018 Man Booker Prize, will be reissued with a bespoke Liberty fabric cover, created uniquely for Anna Burns; Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar will be reissued as a hardback featuring a Liberty fabric from the year of the novel's first publication (1963).

ABOUT THE FABRIC
Liberty Open Call 2019 winner Duncan Grant’s Small Town print is one of his series of ‘smalltown’ ink designs, drawing inspiration from the homes and billowing chimneys of Grant’s childhood in Gravesend. Born out of a doodling style, the design features a world that is by turns childlike, slightly abstract and colourfully simplified

Liberty fabric covered editions bring classics from the Faber backlist together with important modern titles, putting them in conversation and celebrating both the history and the future of Faber & Faber. In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes ‘interesting’. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous…Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences.In 2019, Milkman, winner of the 2018 Man Booker Prize, will be reissued with a bespoke Liberty fabric cover, created uniquely for Anna Burns; Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar will be reissued as a hardback featuring a Liberty fabric from the year of the novel's first publication (1963).ABOUT THE FABRICLiberty Open Call 2019 winner Duncan Grant’s Small Town print is one of his series of ‘smalltown’ ink designs, drawing inspiration from the homes and billowing chimneys of Grant’s childhood in Gravesend. Born out of a doodling style, the design features a world that is by turns childlike, slightly abstract and colourfully simplified
  • Anna Burns

    Anna Burns was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is the author of three novels, No Bones, Little Constructions and Milkman, and of the novella, Mostly HeroNo Bones won the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize and was short-listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her latest novel, Milkman was published to critical acclaim in 2018 and went on to win the Man Booker Prize in that year. It has also been shortlisted for The Rathbones Folio Prize 2019 and The Women's Prize for Fiction 2019. She lives in East Sussex, England.

“A triumph of voice . . . darkly hilarious.”
- Justine Jordan, Guardian BOOKS OF THE YEAR
“The narrator of Milkman disrupts the status quo not through being political, heroic or violently opposed, but because she is original, funny, disarmingly oblique and unique: different. The same can be said of this book.”
- Claire Kilroy, Guardian

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