Man Booker Prize 2018: winner and shortlist

Anna Burns giving winner speech
Congratulations to Anna Burns – Winner of the 50th Man Booker Prize

Anna Burns has been named winner of the 2018 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Milkman is her third full-length novel and her first major award.

Anna, 56, who was born in Belfast and lives in East Sussex, drew on the experience of Northern Ireland during the Troubles to write Milkman. Her first highly acclaimed novel, No Bones, was also set during this time. She saw off competition from two British and two American writers and one Canadian writer.

Kwame Anthony Appiah, 2018 Chair of judges said: "None of us has ever read anything like this before. Anna Burns’ utterly distinctive voice challenges conventional thinking and form in surprising and immersive prose. It is a story of brutality, sexual encroachment and resistance threaded with mordant humour. Set in a society divided against itself, Milkman explores the insidious forms oppression can take in everyday life."

Set in an unnamed city, Milkman focuses on middle sister as she navigates her way through rumour, social pressures and politics in a tight-knit community. Burns shows the dangerous and complex outcome that can happen to a woman coming of age in a city at war.

With generous support from the Booker Prize Foundation, RNIB has made all of the Man Booker Prize shortlist available on the RNIB Library in a range of accessible formats, including braille, giant print, and talking books.

Visit the Man Booker Prize website for more information.