"Milkman" wins Man Booker Prize 2018
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Anna Burns is the winner of the 2018 Man Booker Prize. The prize was presented in London in the presence of prize nominees Kazuo Ishiguro, Nobel Prize winner in 2017, Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall, among other 100 guests. "Milkman" portrays the first-person story of an 18-year-old girl victim of sexual harassment by an Irish paramilitary at the time of the two Irish conflicts.
The third Anna Burns’ romance was featured on shortlist Man Booker Prize 2018. However Milkman wasn’t the first option for the big prize where were names like Nick Drnaso with the book "Sabrina", Guy Gunaratne with "In Our Mad and Furious City", Esi Edugyan with "Washington Black", Donal Ryan with "From Low and Quite Sea", Richard Powers with "The Overstory" or Robert Robertson with "The Long Take".
To culminate in 50 years of Man Booker Prize, the organization decided to distinguish one of its winners for the Golden Man Booker. The book "The English Sick" (1992) by Michael Ondaatje was announced as the best book of this half century.
Anna Burns becomes the first woman to win this award since 2013, succeeding George Saunders with "Lincoln in the Bard" whose sales increased 1227% after the announcement of the prize in 2017. It is probably that it happens also with the Irish writer seen that "Milkman" portrays a troubled period of the UK and exposing sexual harassment, subjects more and more present in the present time.