The Duchess of Cornwall and Anna Burns on stage at the Guildhall in London

Tonight The Duchess of Cornwall presented the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2018 to Anna Burns for her novel Milkman. The judges said Milkman was "simply marvellous" and Anna Burns is the first writer from Northern Ireland to win the prize. 

Milkman beat competition from Everything Under by Daisy Johnson - who, at 27, was the youngest nominee in Man Booker history.

The other nominees were The Long Take by Robin Robertson, Washington Black by Esi Edugyan, The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner, and The Overstory by Richard Powers.

During an awards ceremony at the Guildhall in London, The Duchess said:

For over half a century the Man Booker Prize has done a wonderful job introducing remarkable writers to new readers. Thank you to everybody involved in the Man Booker Prize for the books you have given us over the past fifty years. 

Read The Duchess's speech in full here