WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018 SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2019 SHORTLISTED FOR THE RATHBONES FOLIO PRIZE 2019 'Milkman is extraordinary. I've been reading passages aloud for the pleasure of hearing it. It's frightening, hilarious, wily and joyous all at the same time.' - Lisa McInerney, author of The Glorious Heresies 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 rumours 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. Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences.
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Many of us spend years and years finding out what we are really 'good' at, and when we make this discovery we hope there is enough time left on the clock to immerse ourselves in tasks that develop and demonstrate our internal strengths. Such is the case of a publisher in Lincoln, Nebraska and an author of children's books in Bronx, New York. It took a long time for both of them to get where they wanted to be in life. The ingredient they needed the most was each-other.
To the casual reader, Hey, Milkman! is a faithful recounting of the daily routine duties of a small-town milkman. For younger readers, this book is a window into a bygone time-a time of modest means and expectations. For older readers, it will be a visit from a long familiar, though forgotten, friend, a nostalgic reacquaintance. Beyond being gathered recollections of simpler times, this book is also a personal journey into the reflective, the spiritual, and the sensual. The book is an introspective quest to interpret the extraordinary within the ordinary. The once untranslatable perceptions of adolescence are given a comprehensible voice in the present text, which seeks to reconnect the spirit, mind, and body. Hey, Milkman! seeks to unearth the meaningful lying latent within the superficial. For five years during high school and college in the late '60s, the author delivered milk for a small family-owned dairy in his hometown of Nesquehoning, Pennsylvania. It was there that his personal bond with nature was forged-a connection that still today inspires his poetry and prose. An engineer by education and profession, the author is a graduate of Penn State University and a former project engineer, engineering manager, and director of engineering for a major US corporation. After 35 years, he left the corporate world in pursuit of other lives that he believed were waiting to be lived. The pursuit still continues. He currently resides in Pottsville, PA. Hey, Milkman! is his first book.
In the near future, corporation rules every possible freedom. Without government, there can be no crime. Every act is measured against competing interests, hidden loyalties and the ever-upward pressure of the corporate ladder. Any quest for transparency is as punishable as an act of murder. But one man has managed to slip the system, a future-day Robin Hood who tests dairy milk outside of corporate control and posts the results to the world. When the Milkman is framed for a young girl's murder and anonymous funding comes through for a documentary filmmaker in search of true art beneath corporate propaganda, eyes begin to turn and soon the hunt is on.
People will do whatever they can to bully you into doing what they want you to do, including exclude you from others you know, tell your most trusted secret, lie, and even spread rumors from one person to another, all in an effort to hurt you. We are all familiar with the milkman characters from decades back. He came to your door with fresh bottles of cold milk, but that wasn’t all that he carried with him. His day consisted of going from house to house, with a wealth of secrets, rumors, and lies he picked up during his daily rounds. He was just like people you know who go around and talk behind your back, all to make you look bad and feel humiliated, by saying, “The milkman said you did...” You may be asking, “What did I do to deserve this?” The answer is, nothing. You did nothing to deserve this treatment. Some folks are just not happy, so they use a tactic called “relational aggression” to gain control over others. If you are not sure who these folks are around you every day, this book will help you to identify who and where they are in your life, and how to stop them by using positive tactics. Don’t Tell the Milkman If You Don’t Want Him to Tell the World is a book that focuses on rumors, secrets, lies, and gossip spread by people you know, and don’t know, in aggressive and non-aggressive manners. I, just like you, have had my fair share of dealings with the milkman.
Cycling is wildly popular all over Belgium, but in the northern, Dutch-speaking half of the country it is part of the psyche. Flanders is the size of East Anglia with population a tenth of that of Great Britain, yet this small corner of north-west Europe has produced eight winners of the Tour de France, five times as many professional riders as Italy or Spain. Blending reportage, interviews, observation, biography and history and written with affectionate humour by a committed Belgophile, The Beast, the Emperor and the Milkman tells the story of Flanders' neurotic love affair with bike racing, from tough early heroes such as Jules Vanhevel – wounded by mortar fire in the First World War and leading the world championship road race until he collided with a cow – to latter-day ironmen such as Tom Boonen, three-times winner of the Tour of Flanders and owner of a pet donkey named Kamiel.
When the dullest man in town goes missing, and Professor Peter Shandy must figure out where to look. Although he towers over his neighbors, Jim Feldster is otherwise unremarkable, except for his mastery of cow milking and his membership in every lodge, rotary club, and brotherhood that Balaclava County has to offer. And anyone who's met his wife, Mirelle, a vicious gossip with a hysterical streak, can understand why he never misses a meeting. But one night their neighbors, the sleuthing academics Peter and Helen Shandy, wake at 2:47 a.m. to the sound of Mirelle screaming. Jim hasn't come home, and she will lose her mind if he isn't found quickly. None of Jim's lodge brothers know where to find him, and Peter's investigation turns up few clues. But when a mystery author comes to town and Mirelle is found murdered, Peter begins to wonder if the master milker is less wholesome than he appears.
When village life comes to a standstill through laziness by the milkman, shops and everything else is shut down because the milkman did not deliver the milk.
Semyon is disturbed. He has woken up in the living room with blood on his shirt, an angry wife and no idea where he was the night before. When this happens several mornings in a row, he realises he needs to investigate. After his friend Volodka follows him one night, they discover he's meeting a tall, blonde woman and accompanying her to her apartment. In the daytime he doesn't know this woman or where her apartment is and, odder yet, someone is watching Volodka watching Semyon. Meanwhile, there are some strange goings-on in Kiev - an unemployed sniffer-dog handler makes a dangerous discovery, a single mother is providing breast milk for an unusual recipient and a vengeful cat is on the loose...