Anna Burns

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Anna Burns (born 1962) is an Irish author. She was born in Belfast and raised in the working class Catholic district of Ardoyne.She moved to London in 1987. Her first novel, No Bones, is a gripping account of a girl's life growing up in Belfast during the Troubles. As of the publication of her latest novella, Mostly Hero, in 2014, she lives in East Sussex, south of London.[1] [2]

Among the novels that depict the Troubles within the Literature of Northern Ireland, No Bones is considered an important work, and has been compared to Dubliners by James Joyce for its capture of the everyday language of the people of Belfast.[3] No Bones won the 2001 Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize presented by the Royal Society of Literature for the best regional novel of the year in the United Kingdom and Ireland.



  • No Bones (2001)
  • Little Constructions (2007)[4]
  • Mostly Hero (2014)



  1. ^ "Amazon Author's Page". Amazon. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  2. ^ Information from the book cover of No Bones
  3. ^ Ruprecht Fadem, Maureen E. (2015). The Literature of Northern Ireland: Spectral Borderlands. Palgrave Macmillan US. p. 137-179. ISBN 978-1-349-50161-8. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  4. ^ Anna Burns
  5. ^ List of Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize award winners
  6. ^ Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction