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Grief Is the Thing with Feathers

Max Porter

Winner of the 2016 International Dylan Thomas Prize and shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Goldsmiths Prize.

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Winner of the 2016 International Dylan Thomas Prize and the Sunday Times/Peter, Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year award and shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Goldsmiths Prize.

In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother’s sudden death. Their father, a Ted Hughes scholar and scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness.

In this moment of despair they are visited by Crow – antagonist, trickster, healer, babysitter. This sentimental bird is drawn to the grieving family and threatens to stay until they no longer need him.

This extraordinary debut, full of unexpected humour and emotional truth, marks the arrival of a thrilling and significant new talent.

A special edition of Grief Is the Thing with Feathers is available now.

Critic Reviews

Amazing and unforgettable.

The Times
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Max Porter is one of my favorite writers in the world. Why? Because he‘s always asking the most important questions and then finding ways – through innovative structures and that inimitable voice –of answering those questions soulfully, with his full attention, in ways that make the world seem stranger and more dear (or more dear because stranger). He gives his readers, in other words, bursts of new vision.

George Saunders
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‘If I were Max Porter and I had written Grief is The Thing with Feathers, I’d feel as if I never had to lift a finger, creatively, ever again, having written the perfect book.’

Meg Mason
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Dazzlingly good . . . Anyone who has ever loved someone, or lost someone, or both, will be gripped by it. It's very sad and very funny.

Robert Macfarlane
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Brilliant . . . solid, muscular, moving, funny and clever. I can't wait to see what Max Porter does next.

Nick Hornby
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One of the most surprising books this year.

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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…

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