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Anna Burns wins the 2018 Man Booker Prize

Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018 at 5:32pm

This year's Man Booker Prize has been awarded to Anna Burns for her novel, Milkman.

Milkman is a timely story — in an era when the wrong flag, wrong religion, or even a sunset can be subversive — of the way inaction can have enormous repercussions. The novel follows a character known as middle sister, who stands out for all the wrong reasons and who suddenly becomes "interesting" — the last thing she ever wanted to be.

The book has not yet been released in North America, however we expect it to be published in early December of this year. Please get in touch with your nearest McNally Robinson bookstore to set up a pre-order, or pre-order online.

The Man Booker, which celebrates the best original novels written in the English language, and published in the UK, is awarded annually. 2018 marks its 50th anniversary. Each of the shortlisted authors earns a £2,500 (approximately $4,200 CA) cash prize, and the winner takes home £50,000 (approximately $85,000 CA). The winners and nominees are also guaranteed international recognition and success, as the Man Booker is one of the world's most esteemed literary prizes.

Congratulations, Ms. Burns! To learn more about her, her novel, and about the Man Booker Prize, visit the Man Booker website.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Literature

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Milkman

- Anna Burns

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Winner of the Man Booker Prize

"Everything about this novel rings true. . . . Original, funny, disarmingly oblique and unique."--The Guardian


In an unnamed city, middle sister stands out for the wrong reasons. She reads while walking, for one. And she has been taking French night classes downtown. So when a local paramilitary known as the milkman begins pursuing her, she suddenly becomes "interesting," the last thing she ever wanted to be. Despite middle sister's attempts to avoid him--and to keep her mother from finding out about her maybe-boyfriend--rumors spread and the threat of violence lingers. Milkman is a story of the way inaction can have enormous repercussions, in a time when the wrong flag, wrong religion, or even a sunset can be subversive. Told with ferocious energy and sly, wicked humor, Milkman establishes Anna Burns as one of the most consequential voices of our day.