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Lanny

Max Porter

A devastating story told with the anarchy, the humour and the enchantment Max Porter’s readers will recognise from Grief Is the Thing with Feathers

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£8.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571340293
Date Published
02.04.2020
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Summary

From the author of Grief Is the Thing with Feathers

The Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller


Longlisted for the Booker Prize

‘Startling, moving and overwhelming . . . Wonderful.’ Daily Telegraph

‘A devastating, disquieting and exhilarating book.’ Psychologies

‘Books this good don’t come along very often.’ Maggie O’Farrell

‘Stunning and deeply affecting.’ Nathan Filer

‘A magically beguiling work, a triumph.’ Financial Times

‘A thing of total joy . . . thrums with rhythm and life.’ Observer

‘A remarkable feat of literary virtuosity.’ Sunday Times

Not far from London, there is a village.

This village belongs to the people who live in it and to those who lived in it hundreds of years ago. It belongs to England’s mysterious past and its confounding present.

It belongs to families dead for generations, and to those who have only recently moved here, such as the boy Lanny, and his mum and dad.

But it also belongs to Dead Papa Toothwort, who has woken from his slumber in the woods. Dead Papa Toothwort, who is listening to them all.

Critic Reviews

The writing is stunning and deeply affecting. The plot thunders along. This is a book that resolutely refuses to be categorised but to get somewhere close, think: Under Milk Wood meets Broadchurch.

Nathan Filer
Critic Reviews

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. It’s a novel to press into the hands of everyone you know and say, read this.

Maggie O'Farrell
Critic Reviews

Max Porter writes like no one else and it is impossible not to be swept along and astounded. Lanny is a wonder.

Daisy Johnson
Critic Reviews

It takes a special kind of genius to create something which is both so strange and yet so compulsive.

Mark Haddon
Critic Reviews

It shouldn’t be possible for a book to be simultaneously heart-stopping, heart-shaking and pulse-racing, but that is only one of the extraordinary feats Max Porter pulls off in this astonishing novel.

Kamila Shamsie
Critic Reviews

In Lanny Max Porter has expanded on his innovative hybrid mode while remaining faithful to our species-wide tradition of storytelling through myth, magic, and parable, but also through the harrowing minutiae of being alive in the trying hours of a small town ruptured by loss. The result is a powerful yet tender reclamation of the imagination, love, and artmaking—all of it a brilliant defense of the outsider’s tenuous foothold in society.

Ocean Vuong
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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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