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The Man Booker Prize

2018 Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Anna Burns who has won the 2018 Man Booker Prize for her book, Milkman.

From the publisher, Allen & Unwin:

Set in an un-named city but with an astonishing, breath-shorteningly palpable sense of time and place Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. The story of inaction with enormous consequences and decisions that are never made, but for which people are judged and punished.

Middle sister is our protagonist. She is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her nearly-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with milkman (which she herself for the life of her cannot work out how it came about). But when first brother-in-law, who of course had sniffed it out, told his wife, her first sister, to tell her mother to come and have a talk with her, 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 searingly honest novel told in prose that is as precise and unsentimental as it is devastating and brutal. A novel that is at once unlocated and profoundly tethered to place is surely a novel for our times.

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Previous Award Winners

2017

Lincoln in the Bardo
by George Saunders
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2016

The Sellout
by Paul Beatty
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2015

A Brief History of Seven Killings
by Marlon James
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2014

The Narrow Road to the Deep North
by Richard Flanagan
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2018 Shortlist Announced

The Man Booker Prize, which launched in 1969, aims to promote the finest in fiction by rewarding the best novel of the year written in English and published in the United Kingdom. The winner of The Man Booker Prize receives £50,000. The objectives of the prize is to encourage the widest possible readership for the best in literary fiction.

The winner will be announced on the 16th of October.

Find out more about the Man Booker Prize and the nominated titles by clicking here, or see below for copies available in our collections to borrow!

The Man Booker Prize
2018 Shortlist

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