Hatchards and Daunt Books alumnus Max Porter achieved almost immediate success with his extraordinary debut of 2015, Grief is the Thing with Feathers. Concise and finely-wrought, this evocation of a Ted Hughes scholar, trying to come to terms with the death of his young wife, scored both the prestigious Sunday Times/Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award and the International Dylan Thomas Prize. Ultimately the novel leaped to the Dublin stage in 2018, directed by Enda Walsh and starring Cillian Murphy.
Max Porter’s second book, Lanny, an evocative fusion of myth, parenting, loss and friendship, is published in 2019.
Books by Max Porter
Not so far from London, but far enough out to be encircled by its own landscape and myth, a very old English village is about to play host to an ancient, forever will. At the story’s centre sits a boy, his special friend, and parents lost to their own separate worlds. Warm, knowing, playful and terrifying, Max Porter’s Lanny is the perfect successor to his brilliant debut, Grief is the Thing with Feathers.
Our Fiction Book of the Month for September is Max Porter's wildy inventive, melancholic yet comic debut Grief is the Thing with Feathers. Porter is currently a senior editor with Granta and Portobello Books but began his career as a bookseller and here explains the uncanny feeling he had seeing his own book for sale on the shelves