Milkman by Anna Burns: Breathless coming-of-age tale set in dystopian future

Fiction: Milkman, Anna Burns, Faber & Faber,­ ­paperback, 351 pages, €13.99

Sectarian tension: Anna Burns' novel is set in a city with parallels to Belfast

Tanya Sweeney

As opening lines go, you'd be hard pressed to better Milkman's starting pistol: "The day Somebody McSomebody put a gun to my breast and called me a cat and threatened to shoot me was the same day the milkman died."