Oct 16, 2018
By Michael Kramer
Anna Burns has won the prestigious Man Booker prize for fiction with Milkman – described as a vibrant, violent story about men, women, power and conflict – set during Northern Ireland’s years of Catholic-Protestant violence.
Burns is the first writer from Northern Ireland to win the $66,000 prize – open to English-language authors from around the world. She received her trophy from Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, during a black-tie ceremony Tuesday at London’s medieval Guildhall.
Burns beat two other British writers, two Americans and Canadian Esi Edugyan for Washington Black – the saga of an escaped slave.