Bake Off with Gordon Burn

By Lee Brackstone Gordon Burn is not a hard person to talk about, or make sense of, in the world we find ourselves in nine years after his death. He comes up often in my engagement on social media; a ghostly afterlife that may have fascinated someone who was so engaged with how the media…

Read an extract from Anna Burns’s Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel Milkman

Anna Burns’s Man Booker-shortlisted novel, Milkman, is a powerful fictional account set during in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. The story is told through the voice of a teenage girl known only as middle sister, who is coming of age in the most arduous of circumstances. She is doing her best to negotiate the burdening suspicion…