Unwrap a terrific book from Northern Ireland this Christmas BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Call me easily impressed, but I reckon the almost half-million sales of Anna Burns’s novel Milkman (Faber, £8.99), since it won the Man Booker Prize in October, should give us all pause for thought. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/books/unwrap-a-terrific-book-from-northern-ireland-this-christmas-37606750.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article37606792.ece/d90f9/AUTOCROP/h342/Milkman_2.jpg Email Call me easily impressed, but I reckon the almost half-million sales of Anna Burns’s novel Milkman (Faber, £8.99), since it won the Man Booker Prize in October, should give us all pause for thought. The amazing figures give the lie to the idea that reading is on the decline, that good novels are old hat or that the public listen to snooty commentators who thought the book ‘difficult’, ‘brain-kneading’ and ‘baffling’. Well, by the end of the festive season, the numbers of ‘baffled’ readers will have risen still further, as there is something about this dark tale of paramilitary stalkers, resistance, survival and the blackest humour which has struck a global chord, and will squeeze the story of Middle Sister firmly into many a Yuletide stocking. Not bad, you might say, for Ms Burns. But it’s a good time to be reminded that, while Milkman is the most acclaimed book to reflect the… Read full this story
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