Lanny

Lanny

Title:Lanny
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780571340286
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:213 pages

There’s a village sixty miles outside London. It’s no different from many other villages in England: one pub, one church, red-brick cottages, council cottages and a few bigger houses dotted about. Voices rise up, as they might do anywhere, speaking of loving and needing and working and dying and walking the dogs.

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, a figure schoolchildren used to draw green and leafy, choked by tendrils growing out of his mouth.

Dead Papa Toothwort is awake. He is listening to this twenty-first-century village, to his English symphony. He is listening, intently, for a mischievous, enchanting boy whose parents have recently made the village their home. Lanny.


    Lanny Reviews

  • Amalia Gavea

    ‘’It would have been the head of a dolphin and the wings of a peregrine, and it would be a storm-watching beast, watching the weather while we sleep.’’ Max Porter’s Grief is the Thing with ...

  • Hugh

    Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019I loved this book but I really don't know how to review it. It really shouldn't work - a magic realist fantasy set in an English village that brings a fresh eye to ...

  • Elyse (retired from reviewing/semi hiatus) Walters

    Odd .. unique... but I’mindifferent to it. Mostly - it hurt my brain.I see the brilliance- respect it - I just don’t have what it takes to read a book like this and honestly - passionately love it...

  • Marchpane

    Just flipping amazing....

  • Gumble's Yard

    Now re-read following its longlisting for the 2019 Booker; on a first read I predicted that this will be my favourite book of 2019 - alongside "Spring"; a second read only confirms my views. Will it w...

  • Emer (A Little Haze)

    Max Porter is a genius. There is absolutely no way I can think as to how to review or even describe this book. It's pure emotion. Each word has meaning. I cried at the way simple words were put togeth...

  • Eric Anderson

    It’s difficult to describe the experience of reading Max Porter’s new novel “Lanny”, but it feels somewhere between “Reservoir 13” by Jon McGregor and an Ali Smith novel. In some ways it...

  • Lola

    This is an odd little book that I did not want to stop reading one second. It’s perplexing, confusing and creepy at times, but it has a fairytale-esque atmosphere that gives it a mystical quality, a...

  • Doug

    Update: So as this mess was inexplicably left off the Booker shortlist, my prediction of it winning, is now obsolete... so let's pledge our allegiance to my #12th ranked of all 13 read ... and all hai...

  • ?.I am.?* The .?**Phoenix*??? ?

    "Is this one of your endings?"Enchanting, creepy, magical, and in one word: different! This book, which reminded me of an adult version of "A monster calls", is a modern cautionary fairytale, a denoun...