Max Porter




Max Porter’s beguiling second novel takes place in a village not far from London, a place that belongs to England’s mysterious past and its confounding present. Dead Papa Toothwort has emerged from his slumber and is listening to the voices of the community. Those voices become clamorous when Lanny, a local boy who feels the enchantment of the woods in which he roams, goes missing. This chimerical and audacious novel is a song to difference and imagination, to friendship, youth and love.

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.