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Faber announces publication of
Max Porter’s new novel

By Faber Editor, 30 March 2022

Portrait of author Max Porter
Faber is to publish a new novel, Shy, from Max Porter, the bestselling author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers and Lanny.

Shy is the polyphonic story of a troubled teenager, written with all of the humanity and trademark invention of one of Britain’s most exciting writers.

Publisher Alex Bowler acquired UK & Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, from Lisa Baker at Aitken Alexander. Shy will be published on 6 April 2023.

The night is huge and it hurts.

Things keep slipping up for Shy. All he wants is sex, spliffs and his own turntables, and for all the red noise in his mind to disappear. But again and again he spirals past his senses and ends up with his head in his hands and carnage around him. At Last Chance – a home for ‘very disturbed young men’ – he is surrounded by people who want to help him, but his night terrors aren’t getting any better. So tonight he’s stepping into it, with the haunted beginnings of a plan.

Max Porter’s first novel, Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, won the Sunday Times/Peters, 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. His second novel, Lanny, was a Sunday Times bestseller and was longlisted for the Booker Prize. His work has been translated into thirty languages.

He has previously worked as a bookseller and editor and has also written The Death of Francis Bacon, the short film All of this Unreal Time and the pamphlet It’s Going to Be a Bright New Day. Max lives in Bath with his family.