Cover image of MILKMAN

by Anna Burns

Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Faber And Faber Ltd. (20 September 2018)
ISBN-10: 9780571338757
ISBN-13: 978-0571338757


Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences.

In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumors start to swell, middle sister becomes ‘interesting’. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous…

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About the author

Anna Burns was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is the author of two novels, No Bones and Little Constructions, and of the novella, Mostly HeroNo Bones won the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize and was short-listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction. She lives in East Sussex, England.

Nadia’s date cake recipe

Nadia’s date cake recipe

Shared with members at the March 2019 meeting in Berlin, Germany.
Cook Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Author: Nadia Z.


  • 1.5 cups seedless dates, chopped
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 125 g butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cup whole wheat or spelt
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg to taste
  • chopped walnuts can put in the cake as well


  • Boil water in a saucepan and add the chopped dates to it and let it cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add baking soda, mix well and switch off the heat.
  • Set aside for 15 minutes and puree to a fine paste.
  • Mix the butter, and sugar until they are fluffy.
  • Add eggs and vanilla to the mixer and continue to beat one after the other.
  • Add the flour, salt, pureed dates, spices and baking powder and mix.
  • Pour into a greased baking pan and sprinkle with chopped walnuts.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes 180°C.