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Anna Burns Wins Man Booker Prize for Milkman

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Anna Burns has become the first Northern Irish author to win the Man Booker prize, taking the £50,000 award for Milkman, her timely, Troubles-set novel about a young woman being sexually harassed by a powerful man, The Guardian reports.

The experimental novel, Burns’s third, is narrated by an unnamed 18-year-old girl, known as "middle sister", who is being pursued by a much older paramilitary figure, the milkman. It is "incredibly original", according to the Booker’s chair of judges, the philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah.

"None of us has ever read anything like this before," said Appiah, announcing the win at a dinner at the Guildhall in London.


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