Anna Burns is the prize-winning Irish author of Milkman (May 2018). Learn more about the author and her book, as well as ratings and reviews on the latter.
Anna Burns was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and raised in the working class Catholic district of Ardoyne in North Belfast. She currently lives in East Sussex, on the south English coast.
Anna attended St. Gemma’s High School. In 1987, she moved to London.
Anna Burns is the author of three novels, among them two won Prizes. No Bones (2001), the first one, won the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize 2001 and was short-listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2002; in 2007 was published her second novel, Little Constructions; and Milkman, the third one, received the Man Booker Prize 2018. Anna is also the author of the novella Mostly Hero.
Now let’s discover together the story of her prize-winning novel Milkman (May 2018).
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
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.
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PAPERBACK (December 2018)
I found this book very intense. It’s dark, frightening but also funny and enlightening. A top read for me.