WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018 SHORTLISTED FOR THE RATHBONE’S FOLIO PRIZE 2019 SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2019 SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL FICTION 2019
‘Blazing.’ Daily Telegraph
‘Outstanding.’ New Statesman
‘A triumph.’ Guardian
‘Utterly compelling.’ Irish Times
‘The best Booker winner in years.’ Metro
In an unnamed city, where to be interesting is dangerous, an eighteen-year-old woman has attracted the unwanted and unavoidable attention of a powerful and frightening older man, ‘Milkman’. In this community, where suggestions quickly become fact, where gossip and hearsay can lead to terrible consequences, what can she do to stop a rumour once it has started? Milkman is persistent, the word is spreading, and she is no longer in control . . .