Max Porter is Editorial Director at Granta Books. His debut novel, Grief is the Thing with Feathers, was shortlisted for the 2015 Goldsmiths Prize as well as the Guardian First Book Award. The same novel won him the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year award, the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Books Are My Bag fiction award. The novel has been translated into 25 languages.
Books by Max Porter
Interviews with Max Porter
Max Porter, author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers, on the books that have taken him from childhood to adulthood, the deepening shadow of nuclear war, and why he’ll always be on his knees in front of Emily Dickinson
Interviews where books by Max Porter were recommended
Grief is the Thing with Feathers
by Max Porter
Broken Hierarchies: Poems 1952-2012
by Geoffrey Hill
Late Fragments: Everything I Want To Tell You (About This Magnificent Life)
With the End in Mind: Dying, Death, and Wisdom in an Age of Denial
by Kathryn Mannix
I Capture The Castle
by Dodie Smith
We often think of bereavement in terms of deep melancholy or gentle sadness, but “grief behaves badly and grief is risk-taking”, says Sophie Ratcliffe, Oxford literary critic and author of the memoir The Lost Properties of Love. Here, she recommends five books that may act as a balm for those who have lost someone, and says that the act of reading—any book, any poem—can be consoling.
Spring is always an excellent time for literary fiction releases, and 2023 is no exception. Here, Five Books deputy editor Cal Flyn offers a round-up of the notable new novels of the season, from buzzy debuts to hotly anticipated new releases from internationally acclaimed authors like Eleanor Catton, Han Kang, and Salman Rushdie.