Milkman, by Anna Burns ( paperback 2019)


Longlisted for the 2018 Booker Prize.

Anna Burns is originally from Belfast but is now based in England.

Milkman is “ a story of hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences “

Powerful, stream of consciousness prose that feels exhausting but gets under your skin as an astute account of Northern Ireland’s social landscape, and ultimately delivers humour, and insight -it's quite brilliant. 

In an unnamed city, where to be interesting is dangerous, an eighteen-year-old woman has attracted the unwanted and unavoidable attention of a powerful and frightening older man, 'Milkman'. In this community, where suggestions quickly become fact, where gossip and hearsay can lead to terrible consequences, what can she do to stop a rumour once it has started? Milkman is persistent, the word is spreading, and she is no longer in control . .


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