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Milkman

Milkman
  

Edna O'Brien with a splash of Eimear McBride in this highly anticipated novel from Orange Prize shortlisted Anna Burns. Written in a perfectly-rendered Irish vernacular

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ISBN 9781432863296
Barcode 9781432863296
Published 24 April 2019 by Thorndike Press Large Print
Format Library Binding, Large type / large print edition
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Author(s) By Burns, Anna
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ISBN-13 9781432863296
ISBN-10 1432863290
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Thorndike Press Large Print
Imprint Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date 24 April 2019
Publication Country
Format Library Binding, Large type / large print edition
Edition Large type / large print edition
Author(s) By Burns, Anna
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 514
Dimensions Width: 145mm
Height: 213mm
Spine: 30mm
Weight 680g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Large type books
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.92
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 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...

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review The narrator of Milkman disrupts the status quo not through being political, heroic or violently opposed, but because she is original, funny, disarmingly oblique and unique: different. --Guardian Anna Burns is part of a movement of new and established female Belfast writers... along with Lucy Caldwell, Rois n O'Donnell, Jan Carson and others. Milkman is both a story of Belfast and its particular sins but it is also a story of anywhere. It reminded me of China Mieville's The City and the City where identity, names and seeing the Other are contentious acts. Milkman shares this level of ambition; it is an impressive, wordy, often funny book and confirms Anna Burns as one of our rising literary stars. --Irish Times From the outset, Milkman is delivered in a breathless, hectic, glorious torrent. The pace doesn't let up for a single moment.... Milkman can sometimes feel like a nerve-jangling reading experience; exhausting, even. Yet those who stick with Ann Burns' hectic, stream-of-consciousness writing, not dissimilar to that of Eimear McBride or Flann O'Brien, are more than rewarded. Her writing has been described as point-blank poetry, and rightly so. Her grasp on Middle sister's voice is so confident, and the textures of the environment, with its politics both big and small, are a thing to behold. It's an astute, exquisite account of Northern Ireland's social landscape, but Milkman is much more than that, too. It's also a coming-of-age story with flecks of dark humour, yet at other points it's a damning portrait of rape culture, and how women are often regarded in communities like this one. Because of this, Milkman is a potent and urgent book, with more than a hint of barely contained fury. --Irish Independent

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Author's Bio

Anna Burns was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is the author of two novels, No Bones and Little Constructions, and of the novella, Mostly Hero. No Bones won the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize and was short-listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction. She lives in East Sussex, England.

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