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Anna Burns
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Anna Burns

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 HeroNo 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.

Author Videos
Listen to an extract from Anna Burns's new novel, <i>Milkman</i>
Anna Burns Acceptance Speech
Author Videos
Listen to an extract from Anna Burns's new novel, <i>Milkman</i>
Listen to an extract from Anna Burns's new novel, Milkman
Anna Burns Acceptance Speech
Anna Burns Acceptance Speech
Praise for Anna Burns

'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
Praise for Anna Burns

'Blazing. '

Daily Telegraph
Praise for Anna Burns

'Outstanding.'

New Statesman
Praise for Anna Burns

'A triumph.'

Guardian
Praise for Anna Burns

'Utterly compelling.'

Irish Times
Quotes from Anna Burns

'The day Somebody McSomebody put a gun to my breast and called me a cat and threatened to shoot me was the same day the milkman died.'

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'The truth was dawning on me of how terrifying it was not to be numb, but to be aware, to have facts, retain facts, be adult.'

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From the Journal
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Anna Burns wins the 50th Man Booker Prize with Milkman

Milkman by Anna Burns has been named winner of the 2018 Man Booker Prize for Fiction – becoming the first author from Northern Ireland to take the award.  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 […]