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Milkman

Anna Burns


PUBLISHED: 17th May 2018
ISBN: 9780571338740
ANNOTATION:
Man Booker Prize Winner 2018
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PUBLISHED: 17th May 2018
ISBN: 9780571338740
ANNOTATION:
Man Booker Prize Winner 2018

Annotation

Man Booker Prize Winner 2018

Publisher Description

Man Booker Prize Winner 2018

Set in an un-named city but with an astonishing, breath-shorteningly palpable sense of time and place Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. The story of inaction with enormous consequences and decisions that are never made, but for which people are judged and punished.

Middle sister is our protagonist. She is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her nearly-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with milkman (which she herself for the life of her cannot work out how it came about). But when first brother-in-law, who of course had sniffed it out, told his wife, her first sister, to tell her mother to come and have a talk with her, 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 searingly honest novel told in prose that is as precise and unsentimental as it is devastating and brutal. A novel that is at once unlocated and profoundly tethered to place is surely a novel for our times.

Author Biography

Anna Burns was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is the author of two novels, No Bones and Little Constructions, and of the novella, Mostly Hero. No Bones won the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize and was short-listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction. She lives in East Sussex, England.

Prizes

Winner of Man Booker Prize 2018
Long-listed for Women's Prize for Fiction 2019

Product Details

Author
Anna Burns
Year
2018
ISBN-10
0571338747
ISBN-13
9780571338740
Media
Book
Publication Date
2018-05-17
Pages
352
Publisher
Faber & Faber
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Format
Paperback

Product Reviews

10 Mar, 2019
Excellent writing - interesting historical novel shows 1970s Belfast very well
By Katherine
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