I read A LOT of books and I have a shelf set aside for the ‘special’ ones. Milkman nearly has pride of place on that shelf. I was worried before reading it because it had been nominated for the Man Booker and often those books don’t live up to the hype, or they’re almost too clever for their own good. But I loved this book from the first page and could not put it down. It’s so rare to find such a powerfully normal / authentic inner voice and I just felt like I wanted to be her friend and have her back. I loved every single word of this book – and it IS clever. I was reading three pages about the insides of a car before I realised that she had just explained in exquisite detail the complex issue of flags in Northern Ireland where I was born and grew up. It is a clever, funny, witty, warm, revolutionary novel.