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Anna Burns

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2018

Milkman is extraordinary. I’ve been reading passages aloud for the pleasure of hearing it. It’s frightening, hilarious, wily and joyous all at the same time.’
Lisa McInerney, author of The Glorious Heresies

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This beautiful and painful novel by Orange Prize shortlisted Anna Burns blends shades of early Edna O’Brien with Eimear McBride’s exquisite ability to capture voice.

‘Blazing.’ Daily Telegraph
‘Outstanding.’ New Statesman
‘A triumph.’ Guardian
‘Utterly compelling.’ Irish Times
‘The best Booker winner in years.’ Metro

In an unnamed city, where to be interesting is dangerous, an eighteen-year-old woman has attracted the unwanted and unavoidable attention of a powerful and frightening older man, ‘Milkman’. In this community, where suggestions quickly become fact, where gossip and hearsay can lead to terrible consequences, what can she do to stop a rumour once it has started? Milkman is persistent, the word is spreading, and she is no longer in control . . .

Winner of the International Dublin Literary Award 2020 and the Man Booker Prize 2018

Shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize, the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction

Critic Reviews

A triumph of voice . . . darkly hilarious.

Justine Jordan, Guardian BOOKS OF THE YEAR
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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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Anna Burns is part of a movement of new and established female Belfast writers... along with Lucy Caldwell, Roisín O’Donnell, Jan Carson and others . . . It is an impressive, wordy, often funny book and confirms Anna Burns as one of our rising literary stars.

Adrian McKinty, Irish Times
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A darkly funny novel about Seventies Belfast that leaves words ominously unspoken.

Cal Revely-Calder, Daily Telegraph
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Milkman is delivered in a breathless, hectic, glorious torrent. The pace doesn't let up for a single moment . . . A potent and urgent book, with more than a hint of barely contained fury.

Irish Independent
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Profound, punchy, powerful prose... A tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness, it's thought-provoking stuff.

Sunday Telegraph, STELLA, Stella Loves

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 Hero. No Bones won the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Milkman has, to date, won the Man Booker Prize 2018, the 2019 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction and the International Dublin Literary Award…

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