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Anna Burns was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is the author of two previous novels, No Bo... Read More

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Anna Burns was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is the author of two previous novels, No Bones and Little Constructions, 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 2020, and was shortlisted for the Women's Prize and the Rathbone's Folio Prize.WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018
SHORTLISTED FOR THE RATHBONES FOLIO PRIZE 2019
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2019
SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL FICTION 2019

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

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.A triumph of voice . . . darkly hilarious.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.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.A darkly funny novel about Seventies Belfast that leaves words ominously unspoken.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.Profound, punchy, powerful prose... A tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness, it's thought-provoking stuff.Mercurial. Profound. Hilarious. Brilliant. I've been waiting for a book like this for thirty years.Original and thought-provoking . . . Burns ingeniously draws comparisons between the hypocrisies and injustices of a sectarian society and the troubled and misunderstood experience of female adolescence. That she successfully tackles her serious mission with razor sharp wit, warm humour and great compassion is even more impressive. This one's a keeper.Milkman is remarkable. A tale told by a voice that's utterly compelling and which you read with the feeling that you're being led down the darkest of rabbit holes. Irresistible and disturbing.Incredible . . . Anna Burns brilliantly mines the interstices of language to give articulation to the slippery machinations of prejudice and intimidation . . . Her writing is uncompromising, powerful, essential.Utterly brilliant - a once-in-a-generation novel.I can't remember the last time I read prose so profound and so punchy, at once scattergun and forensic. It's like the ink's been made from gunpowder. And every line leaves a darkly sparkling residue you won't be able to wash off. A masterclass in technique, Burns' powerful, disturbing book is not for anyone who prefers their reading cosy or comforting.Told in a glorious rush of words, it's funny, desperate and compulsively readable.Darkly comic . . . The jokes, like the plot, come out viciously askew.'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

Product Details

Title: Milkman
Author: Anna Burns
SKU: BK0416172
EAN: 9780571338757
Language: English
Binding: Paperback

About Author

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 2020, and was shortlisted for the Women's Prize and the Rathbone's Folio Prize.

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