Lanny by Max Porter


Bookseller Review by Elle:

I love Max Porter, he can do no wrong – this novel is just so insanely brilliant and clever and touching. A surrealist and magical tale, centring around a young boy called Lanny in an unnamed rural English village. Every character has a distinct and unique voice and purpose, the setting is vividly drawn and feels like a character itself, the story is strange and unique and heart-breaking. There are beautiful descriptions of nature and there’s such a poetic and vivid use of language with really interesting structural choices. I cannot rave about Max Porter, or this book, enough. Read it or miss out! 

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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.

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Weight 183 g
Dimensions 198 × 129 × 13 mm
Attribute Value 1