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British writer Anna Burns has won the prestigious Booker Prize (Man Booker Prize), The Guardian reported. 

Burns Prize was awarded for the “Milkman” novel - a story about men, women, conflict and power set in Northern Ireland in 1970s.

It is “incredibly original”, said the Booker’s chair of judges, Kwame Anthony Appiah.

“None of us has ever read anything like this before,” said Appiah, announcing the win at a dinner at the Guildhall in London.

“Anna Burns’s utterly distinctive voice challenges conventional thinking and form in surprising and immersive prose. It is a story of brutality, sexual encroachment and resistance threaded with mordant humour,” he added.

Burns competitors for the award were her compatriots Daisy Johnson (Everything Under) and Robin Robertson (The Long Take), two Americans - Rachel Kushner (The Mars Room) and Richard Powers (The Overstory), as well as Canadian Esi Edugyan (Washington Black).

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