ANI | Northern Irish writer Anna Burns was announced the winner of the 50th Man Booker Prize for Fiction for her book titled ‘Milkman’.
Burns, who was born in Belfast and lives in East Sussex, drew on the experience of Northern Ireland during the Troubles to write Milkman. Her first acclaimed novel, No Bones, was also set in this period.
Set in an unnamed city, Milkman focuses on the middle sister as she makes her way through rumours, social pressures and politics in a tight-knit community. Burns shows the dangerous and complex outcome that can happen to a woman coming of age in a city at war. Milkman is, thus, a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences.
In an interview with the Man Booker Prize website, Burns said, “The book didn’t work with names. It lost power and atmosphere and turned into a lesser – or perhaps just a different – book. In the early days I tried out names a few times, but the book wouldn’t stand for it. The narrative would become heavy and lifeless and refuse to move on until I took them out again. Sometimes the book threw them out itself.”
The 56-year-old has, so far, authored two books, namely No Bones and Little Constructions, and is the author of the novella, Mostly Hero. In 2001, Burns won the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2002 Orange Prize for Fiction.
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Know More About Anna Burns –
Anna Burns (born 1962) is a Northern Irish author. She was born in Belfast and raised in the working class Catholic district of Ardoyne. She moved to London in 1987. Her first novel, No Bones, is a gripping account of a girl’s life growing up in Belfast during the Troubles. As of 2014, she lives in East Sussex, on the south English coast.
Among the novels that depict the Troubles within the Literature of Northern Ireland, No Bones is considered an important work, and has been compared to Dubliners by James Joyce for its capture of the everyday language of the people of Belfast. No Bones won the 2001 Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize presented by the Royal Society of Literature for the best regional novel of the year in the United Kingdom and Ireland. On Tuesday 17th October 2018, Burns won the Man Booker Prize for her novel Milkman.