Wednesday 23 October 2019

Anna Burns among five authors in running for Women's Prize For Fiction

Anna Burns won last year’s Booker Prize for her novel Milkman (Frank Augstein/PA)
Anna Burns won last year’s Booker Prize for her novel Milkman (Frank Augstein/PA)
Anna Burns claimed the Booker Prize in 2018. (Frank Augstein/PA)

Belfast author Anna Burns is among the five authors shortlisted for the £30,000 (€34,000) Women's Prize For Fiction.

Burns has been listed for Milkman, which charts the story of a young woman subjected to the advances of a mysterious paramilitary and which previously earned her the Booker Prize.

Debut novelist Oyinkan Braithwaite has also been shortlisted for My Sister, The Serial Killer, which follows a sibling relationship and violent romances in Lagos.

US authors Tayari Jones and previous prize-winner Madeline Miller for their novels An American Marriage which deals with the aftermath of a wrongful rape conviction, and Circe, a mythological follow-up to The Song of Achilles.

Diana Evans has also been selected for her novel Ordinary People which deals with the midlife struggles of married couples and Pat Barker's The Silence of Girls, a feminist twist on Homer's Iliad, is also in the running.

All five were praised for the 'courageous' nature of their fiction by the prize judges and the winner will be announced in June.

Chairwoman of the judging panel, Professor Kate Williams, said: “It’s a fantastic shortlist, exciting, vibrant, adventurous.

“We fell totally in love with these books and the amazing worlds they created.

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Madeline Miller has previously won the prize. (Nina Subin)

“These books are fiction at its best – brilliant, courageous and utterly captivating.”

The prize, established in 1996, is open to any woman writing in English. The winner will be revealed on June 5 at a ceremony in London.

Read a review of Milkman: Breathless coming-of-age tale set in dystopian future

Anna Burns: Milking it: From Booker to bestseller - ‘I grew up in a place that was rife with violence, distrust and paranoia’ 

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