Everything you need to know about Anna Burns' Milkman, winner of the Man Booker Prize 2018
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Anna Burns’ experimental third novel, Milkman, has earned the novelist the 2018 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. She is the first Northern Irish author to ever obtain the award. Five decades ago, P. H. Newby was the first recipient of the Booker Prize, for his 1968 novel, Something To Answer For. Since then, the award (renamed the Man Booker Prize in 2002) has become the most paramount and prestigious celebration of fiction, and has seen the likes of Margaret Atwood, Kiran Desai and Roddy Doyle all becoming renowned alumni over the past 50 years. Following in the footsteps of previous winners is Anna Burns, who’s seminal work of fiction, ‘Milkman’, has won the 2018 edition of the prize. The celebrated book - the Belfast-born novelist's third - follows an anonymous 18-year-old woman being sexually harassed by a tyrannical older male – the title character, the milkman. Furiously original and catastrophically thought-provoking, ‘Milkman’ has charmed critics and the Man Booker Prize’s chair of judges with its brutality, frank honesty and its acerbic humour.
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