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Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018

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 the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes ‘interesting’. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous…

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


About Anna Burns

Anna Burns was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1962. She is the author of two novels, No Bones and Little Constructions, and of the novella, Mostly Hero. In 2001 she won the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2002 Orange Prize for Fiction. She lives in East Sussex, England.



Anna Burns as one of our rising literary stars. Irish Times
Original, funny, disarmingly oblique and unique. Claire Kilroy Guardian

A darkly funny novel about Seventies Belfast that leaves words ominously unspoken. Cal Revely-Calder Daily Telegraph
Profound, punchy, powerful prose... A tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness, it's thought-provoking stuff. Sunday Telegraph, STELLA, Stella Loves

Utterly brilliant - a once-in-a-generation novel. Glenn PattersonMilkman 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


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