Anna Burns Wins Dublin Literary Award

Anna Burns has won the 2020 International Dublin Literary Award for Milkman. This comes after she won the Booker Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize.  

The longlist is nominated by librarians from all across the world. The judges of the award made some great comments, including these choice lines:

Once experienced, Anna Burns’ Milkman will never be forgotten. The reader becomes the world of the book. There was simply no other novel like it on the longlist. Many novels come and go but this tour-de-force is a remarkable achievement. We read it with huge admiration and gratitude. When we finished it, we felt enriched, informed, wiser.

For the full experience, you can watch Anna’s acceptance speech. This dramatic reading by an actor of the opening lines is also well worth watching, so you can get the rhythms and sound of the prose down. The audiobook is well worth it in this regard, if you’re not keen on long, winding sentences (who isn’t, though?).

Congratulations to Anna on this latest award. If you haven’t read the book, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy. 

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