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Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2019




"A favourite of mine, “Lanny,” falls into one of those obscure categories that combines poetry, fantasy, magic realism, and thriller all into something truly special. This short novel feels sucks you in with its very realised form and style. It presents very typical human presumptions and actions for the reader to consider and judge in the wake of tragedy."


Other Reviews:


‘Startling, moving and overwhelming . . . Wonderful.’ Daily Telegraph

‘A devastating, disquieting and exhilarating book.’ Psychologies

‘Books this good don’t come along very often.’ Maggie O’Farrell

‘Stunning and deeply affecting.’ Nathan Filer

‘A magically beguiling work, a triumph.’ Financial Times

‘A thing of total joy . . . thrums with rhythm and life.’ Observer

‘A remarkable feat of literary virtuosity.’ Sunday Times


A little bit more about the book:


Not far from London, there is a village.

This village belongs to the people who live in it and to those who lived in it hundreds of years ago. It belongs to England’s mysterious past and its confounding present.

It belongs to families dead for generations, and to those who have only recently moved here, such as the boy Lanny, and his mum and dad.

But it also belongs to Dead Papa Toothwort, who has woken from his slumber in the woods. Dead Papa Toothwort, who is listening to them all.