Author: Anna Burns
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Staff Picks: "Tired of the same routine stuck close to home? Feel like you're running in circles while the eyes of your small community are on you? Same, says the unnamed narrator of Burns' Booker-winning Milkman. Except the Milkman (who never delivers milk) is an unwelcome and threatening disruption to her repetitive, circumscribed life in Northern Ireland under English occupation, because he's more of the violent same. And so she fights back with a sly, self-aware humour, a gift for a sentence and an eye for a sunset that make this book unexpectedly all-consuming."