20 Oct 2018

Anna Burns on her Man Booker win


The Man Booker prize judges were “unanimous” in their choice of winner, describing Milkman by Belfast-born Anna Burns as “incredibly original”.

It was finished years before the MeToo movement, or concerns about the future of Northern Ireland, post-Brexit, yet it’s narrated by a young woman aggressively harassed by an older man, set against a backdrop of sectarian violence.

I started by asking her if she agreed with the judges that the book was a challenging read.