Milkman by Anna Burns named Man Booker Prize winner | London Evening StandardAt 27, debut novelist Daisy Johnson is youngest ever to make it onto shortlist for a fiction award. A bookseller-turned-debut novelist is the youngest ever author shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. The other contenders include Northern Irish novelist Anna Burns, shortlisted for Troubles-era tale Milkman, and previous nominee Esi Edugyan, whose Washington Black is the story of a child slave who accompanies his owner on a series of scientific expeditions. It caused controversy when it was longlisted for the prize, which is traditionally dominated by literary fiction. Yet in every other respect they are remarkably diverse, exploring a multitude of subjects ranging across space and time. Each one explores the anatomy of pain — among the incarcerated and on a slave plantation, in a society fractured by sectarian violence, and even in the natural world.
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The longlist not only contained a number of extraordinary novels, it also seemed constructed to celebrate younger writers — six of the 13 longlisted authors were 40 or under, with two in their 20s. Again, according to figures from Nielsen BookScan, Sabrina is outselling all the books on the shortlist. Indeed, none of the five bestselling books on the longlist made it on to the shortlist. Powers is a feted novelist, winner of the National Book award for The Echo Maker , although perhaps not as well known in Europe as he is in the States. The Overstory is his 12th novel, a sprawling tale that uses the lives of trees to offer new perspectives on narrative time. The writing is glorious, the environmental message timely, the way he interweaves and overlaps the various strands of his story quite masterful. Those inscrutable bookies have Canadian Esi Edugyan second favourite, at , for her Washington Black.
Submitted by The Booker Prizes on Thu, He remarked that each of these novels is a miracle of stylistic invention in which the language takes centre stage.
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Jump to navigation. The year-old writer received the award from Prince Charles' wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. Set in an unnamed city during the bloody 'troubles' of Northern Ireland, Milkman tells the coming-of-age story of a young girl's affair with an older man. It is a story of brutality, sexual encroachment and resistance threaded with mordant humour. FinestFiction pic. Its list of winners includes many of the giants of the last four decades, including Indian-origin writers such as Salman Rushdie, Arundhati Roy, and Aravind Adiga. Six books were shortlisted for this year's Man Booker Prize.
Burns was announced as the winner tonight, Tuesday October 16, at a black-tie ceremony at Guildhall. The story of an year-old girl's encounters with sex, sectarianism and social coercion in an unnamed province has seen Burns become the first UK-born winner since Hilary Mantel in Welcomed as a novel that will "help people think about Me Too", it has also been praised for a unique first-person voice rich in the conversational language of Northern Ireland and its handling of universal problems facing women and outsiders. Judges have said they did not consider the current prominence of Northern Ireland or the gender equality debate in their deliberations, nor was the accessibility of the book to average readers "on the Tube". In its 50th year, the Man Booker is considered one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the English-speaking world.