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Now Belfast Man Booker winner Anna Burns in running for British Book Awards

Shortlisted: Anna Burns
Shortlisted: Anna Burns

By Craig Simpson

Belfast-born writer Anna Burns is on the shortlist for this year's British Book Awards alongside a strong cohort of international and female talent.

Sally Rooney and Michelle Obama are also among the writers shortlisted this year.

The category winners will be decided by eight separate judging panels, with adjudicators including acclaimed illustrator Axel Scheffler, food critic Jay Rayner and doctor and author Adam Kay.

A separate panel will go on to choose the overall book of the year, with Labour MP Jess Phillips a judge alongside Sky News presenter Kay Burley.

Anna Burns' book Milkman is on the shortlist for fiction book of the year. It will compete against Transcription by Kate Atkinson, Still Me by Jojo Moyes, Normal People by Sally Rooney, Tombland by CJ Sansom, and Why Mummy Swears by Gill Sims.

Milkman is also in the running for this year's Women's Prize For Fiction.

Last year, the book saw the Ardoyne woman become the first author from Northern Ireland to win the prestigious Man Booker Prize with her tale of sexual coercion during the Troubles.

The novel is set in the 1970s in an unspecified location.

It tells the story of a middle-aged male paramilitary, nicknamed the Milkman, who makes sexual advances towards a teenage girl.

Michelle Obama's Becoming, the memoir of the former United States First Lady, is on the non-fiction narrative book of the year shortlist.

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