Man Booker winner Anna Burns on her own extraordinary story from mitching school, the Troubles and giving up alcohol
She laughs when I tell her the INLA joke. It’s what the initials stand for: I Never Leave Ardoyne. “Fantastic,” she says. Anna Burns says that her book Milkman is not specifically about life in Ardoyne. It creates, perhaps, a parallel Ardoyne, not quite the real world. This one is unnamed — like the characters in her book.