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 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.
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.
"From the outset, Milkman is delivered in a breathless,
hectic, glorious torrent. The pace doesn't let up for a single
moment.... Milkman can sometimes feel like a nerve-jangling
reading experience; exhausting, even. Yet those who stick with Ann
Burns' hectic, stream-of-consciousness writing, not dissimilar to
that of Eimear McBride or Flann O'Brien, are more than rewarded.
Her writing has been described as point-blank poetry," and rightly
so. Her grasp on Middle sister's voice is so confident, and the
textures of the environment, with its politics both big and small,
are a thing to behold. It's an astute, exquisite account of
Northern Ireland's social landscape, but Milkman is much more than
that, too. It's also a coming-of-age story with flecks of dark
humour, yet at other points it's a damning portrait of rape
culture, and how women are often regarded in communities like this
one. Because of this, Milkman is a potent and urgent book, with
more than a hint of barely contained fury."--Irish
"Anna Burns is part of a movement of new and established female Belfast writers... along with Lucy Caldwell, Rois n O'Donnell, Jan Carson and others. Milkman is both a story of Belfast and its particular sins but it is also a story of anywhere. It reminded me of China Mieville's The City and the City where identity, names and seeing the Other are contentious acts. Milkman shares this level of ambition; it is an impressive, wordy, often funny book and confirms Anna Burns as one of our rising literary stars."--Irish Times
"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."--Guardian