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43. Milkman by Anna Burns

Masterpiece from the contemporary heir to Samuel Beckett or demanding endurance read with not nearly enough paragraph breaks?

We debate Anna Burns’ Booker-Prize winning novel Milkman – a tale of one young woman’s struggle to retain her sense of self during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Suffocating gossip, ever-present violence and a surprising amount of humour.

For this show we were joined by @jenny.mccullough who brought a fascinating perspective to it from her Northern Irish background.

Books mentioned on this episode:

  • The People’s Act of Love by James Meek
  • A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear Macbride
  • Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
  • Troubles by J. G. Farrell
  • The Trial by Franz Kafka
  • The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

The Twitter feed Jenny mentions is from Dr. Caroline Magennis, @DrMagennis, for Irish literature recommendations.