Anna Burns was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is the author of three novels – No Bones, Little Constructions and Milkman – and of the novella Mostly Hero. No Bones won the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Milkman has, to date, won the Man Booker Prize 2018, the 2019 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction and the International Dublin Literary Award 2020, and was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize and the Rathbone’s Folio Prize.
‘Milkman 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.’
‘The day Somebody McSomebody put a gun to my breast and called me a cat and threatened to shoot me was the same day the milkman died.’
‘The truth was dawning on me of how terrifying it was not to be numb, but to be aware, to have facts, retain facts, be adult.’