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Faber & Faber
01 April 2019
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2019

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK - Some Man-Booker Prize candidates experiment with the art and form of writing, without (hopefully) compromising the telling of story. So too with Lanny, which is an immersive experience that lulls the reader with strange and primal folklore, before twisting into the froth and babble of an English village in the grip of a traumatising event. Craig Kirchner

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'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


There is a village outside London, no different from many others. Everyday lives conjure a tapestry of fabulism and domesticity.

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

But it also belongs to Dead Papa Toothwort who has woken from his slumber and is listening, and watching.

He is watching Mad Pete the village artist. He is listening to ancient Peggy gossiping at her gate, to families recently moved here and to families dead for generations.

Dead Papa Toothwort hears them all as he searches, intently, for his favourite.

Looking for the boy.

Lanny.
By:   Max Porter
Imprint:   Faber & Faber
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 16mm
Weight:   337g
ISBN:   9780571340286
ISBN 10:   0571340288
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   01 April 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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. It has been translated into twenty-seven languages. Max lives in Bath with his family.

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