The novel is narrated by an 18-year-old girl – never named and known as Middle Sister – who is being harassed by an older paramilitary figure. Her first novel was called No Bones and that is also an account of growing up in Belfast. She wins £50,000 for Milkman, a novel set in the Troubles in Northern Ireland about a young woman being sexually harassed. People are describing Milkman as “experimental” and it was an outsider to win. 2018 Man Booker winner
Anna Burns has won the 2018 Man Booker Prize, becoming the first writer from Northern Ireland to take home the award. Burns was born in Belfast and raised in the Catholic district of Ardoyne. It definitely carries undertones of the #MeToo era. The 56-year-old has previously been shortlisted for the Orange Prize. This is Burns’ third book. She published a novella called Mostly Hero in 2014
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See all the Booker winners She moved to London in 1987 and now lives in East Sussex.
Anna Burns wins 2018 Man Booker Prize with Milkman