Lanny (Paperback)Max Porter (author)
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A state-of-the-nation rendered as pagan legend and a poignant paean to childhood, friendship and landscape, Porter’s spectral novel mines folklore and fable for something both age-old and vibrantly alive.
Shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year 2019
Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019
Fearless, chimerical and exquisitely formed, the latest book from Max Porter matches the audacity of his debut novel, Grief is the Thing with Feathers. Rapturously received by our booksellers, Lanny is a tour de force of style, substance and near-mythic power that interrogates the very form of the book itself.
A child, a family, a village; a community built on ancient soil, shelter to generations of lives and the tales they tell. For all time, Dead Papa Toothwort has forever walked amongst them all. Now, he is drawn again from his slumber, drawn to something new and precious. The boy. Lanny.
Fusing the modern with the mythic and the prosaic with the polyphonic, Porter’s spare, spectral novel mines folklore, fable and the deep-dug tendrils of village life for something both age-old and vibrantly alive.
Drawing admiring comparisons to the work of Alan Garner and Barney Norris, Porter’s sublime lyrical intensity hymns the rural whilst remaining alive to its myriad weaknesses and contradictions. This is state-of-the-nation rendered as pagan legend and a poignant paean to childhood, friendship and landscape. One of the very finest novels of the year, Lanny is a staggering literary achievement that promises to become a modern classic.
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 183 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 13 mm
‘...a fable, a collage, a dramatic chorus, a joyously stirred cauldron of words’ - The Guardian
'..it is the familiar gifts of Porter's lyricism, wit, and emotional acuity, undimmed from Grief, that make Lanny such a wonderful little book.' - Daily Telegraph
'It’s not easy to establish the once-upon-a-time, wild-wood atmosphere of this book and make it credible. Porter’s writing taps into some of the rooted English strangeness of Alan Garner, or even Thomas Hardy, and gives it a pared-down energy.'- The Observer
'I read it in one sitting and thought about it a great deal after…I don't think I'll read anything else like it all year' - The Scotsman on Sunday
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