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Anna Burns' 'Milkman' Wins Man Booker Prize

Anna Burns' 'Milkman' Wins Man Booker Prize

Friday, 19 October, 2018 - 06:15
Anna Burns delivers a speech after she was presented with the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2018. Reuters
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"Milkman" by writer Anna Burns scooped the 2018 Man Booker Prize, with the Northern Irish writer winning the literary award for her third full-length novel.

Set in an unnamed city during the bloody “Troubles” of Northern Ireland, the "Milkman" tells the story of a young girl’s affair with an older man.

According to Reuters, as winner, the 56-year-old writer, who was born in Belfast, received the award from Prince Charles’ wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as 50,000 pounds ($65,900).

Philosopher and Novelist Kwame Anthony Appiah, who chaired the prize’s panel of judges, said in a statement: "None of us has ever read anything like this before. Anna Burns’ utterly distinctive voice challenges conventional thinking and form in surprising and immersive prose."

"It is a story of brutality, sexual encroachment and resistance threaded with mordant humor. Set in a society divided against itself, the novel explores the insidious forms oppression can take in everyday life," he added.

Established in 1969, the annual literary prize recognizes the judges' choice of "the best original novel written in English and published in the UK."

This year’s shortlist was made up of writers from the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.

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