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Little Constructions


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Author of the Man Booker Prize-winning novel Milkman

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Anna Burns was born in Belfast in 1962. She moved to London in 1987.


'The writing is energetic, convoluted and courageous. It has a gutsy nervousness that matches the subject matter, as if there is no way to write about violence and violation other than with comedy, digression, wordplay and other peculiarities. She gets across her disgust for senseless, needless violence of the Bush/Blair/Northern Irish or merely familial kind, while being pretty damn funny about it at the same time.' Guardian 'A brilliant second novel!I can't remember the last time I read prose so profound and so punchy, at once scattergun and forensic. It's like the ink's been made from gunpowder. And every line leaves a darkly sparkling residue that you won't be able to wash off.' Daily Telegraph 'An often disturbing story, "Little Constructions" is about the (mis)fortunes of the Does, a marauding clan of criminals and damaged children.' Vogue 'Another powerful second novel by Belfast-born writer, Anna Burns. Displaying the same dark bite and startling humour as her first, "Little Constructions" explodes into tangents from the opening scene of a woman storming into a small town gunshop and demanding a weapon. ' Irish Mail on Sunday 'This is probably the antithesis of the classic holiday novel which is no bad thing in itself. Bold, funny and unrelenting.' Sunday Business Post 'At the centre of Anna Burns' novel lies the Doe clan, a closely-knit family of criminals and victims whose internal conflicts and convoluted relationships propel this simultaneously funny and terrifying story. When unspeakable realities break through, the tale is chilling -- and funny.' Belfast Telegraph Praise for 'No Bones': 'Not only hilarious but also terribly tragic and awful and human and wonderful!"No Bones" is the best book I've read for ages. The world Burns creates is utterly convincing and surreal at the same time. I love the writing, the way she rolls the words around!"No Bones" is absolutely fantastic, and explores really exciting territory!the tone and timbre of the novel feel quite different to anything I've read before.' Julia Darling 'A chilling recognition that most survived the Troubles intact but some people will never be the same again!This account of a girl's life growing up in Belfast during the Troubles, which examines madness and sanity and questions our interpretation of both, is scary. Scarily well written, too!"No Bones" tears chunks out of our Peace Process comfort blankets. For it questions how a peaceful, mundane existence can be superimposed on a society inured over decades to violence.' Martina Devlin, Irish Independent 'The use of language is stunning, powerful and controlled!the story of Amelia's struggle for sanity is compelling.' Daily Telegraph

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