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Max Porter

Max Porter is the author of The Death of Francis Bacon, praised as ‘a miniature masterpiece’, and ‘a feat of empathy, imagination and literary brio’. His Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller Lanny was longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize and the 2019 Wainwright Prize, shortlisted for the 2019 Gordon Burn Prize and shortlisted for both Waterstones and Foyles Book of the Year 2019. It has sold in twenty-three territories. His first novel, Grief is the Thing with Feathers, won the Sunday Times/Peter, Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year, the International Dylan Thomas Prize, the Europese Literatuurprijs and the BAMB Readers’ Award and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Goldsmiths Prize. It has been sold in thirty-one territories. Complicité and Wayward’s production of Grief is the Thing with Feathers directed by Enda Walsh and starring Cillian Murphy was performed in Dublin, London and New York. He frequently collaborates with artists and musicians. His most recent project is All Of This Unreal Time, which premiered at Manchester International Festival in July 2021. Max lives in Bath with his family.

Author Videos
Max Porter discusses <i>Lanny</i> at the London Centre for Book Arts
Graham Norton chats to Max Porter | The Graham Norton Book Club
In the Green Room - Max Porter
Author Videos
Max Porter discusses <i>Lanny</i> at the London Centre for Book Arts
Max Porter discusses Lanny at the London Centre for Book Arts
Graham Norton chats to Max Porter | The Graham Norton Book Club
Graham Norton chats to Max Porter | The Graham Norton Book Club
In the Green Room - Max Porter
In the Green Room - Max Porter
Praise for Max Porter

‘It’s hard to express how much I loved Lanny. Books this good don’t come along very often. It’s a novel like no other, an exhilarating, disquieting, joyous read. It will reach into your chest and take hold of your heart.’

Maggie O’Farrell
Praise for Max Porter

‘A powerful yet tender reclamation of the imagination, love, and artmaking – all of it a brilliant defence of the outsider’s tenuous foothold in society.’

Ocean Vuong, on Lanny
Praise for Max Porter

‘It stunned me, full of beauty, hilarity, and thick black darkness. It will stay with me for a very long time.’

Evie Wyld, on Grief is the Thing With Feathers
Praise for Max Porter

‘Unlike anything I’ve read before; part memoir, part novel, part experimental sound-poem, the book is a physical, living thing that shifts between humour and sadness with a deft beat of its wing.’

Andrew McMillan, on Grief is the Thing With Feathers
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Announcing Max Porter’s The Death of Francis Bacon

Madrid. Unfinished. Man Dying. A great painter lies on his deathbed. Max Porter translates into seven extraordinary written pictures the explosive final workings of the artist’s mind. ‘This is my attempt to write as painting, not about it; an attempt to replicate thought, struggle, the struggle of thought, but also the sheer energy of the […]

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Announcing Lanny, Max Porter’s second novel 

We are delighted to announce the acquisition of Max Porter’s second novel, Lanny. There’s a village sixty miles outside London. It’s no different from many other villages in England: one pub, one church, red-brick cottages, council cottages and a few bigger houses dotted about. Voices rise up, as they might do anywhere, speaking of loving and […]