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Shy: Signed Edition

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 06/04/2023
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Bookseller Reviews

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A roller coaster of emotions
Wow! I am still amazed how Max Porter managed to squeeze so much into just about 100 pages. This is a book of contradictions: At once devastating and funny... READ MORE
Shy - troubled, hopeful, and bursting with energy.
Max Porter turns his remarkable writing skills to the story of Shy - a young man struggling to control the anger and impulses bubbling inside him while als... READ MORE
Jack at Glasgow Argyle Street
Painful, reflective, genius.
It’s like Porter has sliced Shy’s mind right down the middle so the reader can experience all the pain and confusion and guilt of his troubled young mind. ... READ MORE
A well -spent afternoon
I was sent this book in exchange for a fair review having previously read (and loved) both 'Grief is the Thing with Feathers' and 'Lanny'. 'Shy' is a pot... READ MORE
Dave Kedward
There's no-one doing it like Max Porter
It's hard to think of another author writing today who has carved out a creative voice as distinct as Porter, and he's doing it so damn well. In Shy, a tee... READ MORE
Quite the trip!
A night in the head of a troubled teenager - the Shy of the title - as he walks out of the Last Chance home for disturbed juveniles. The Last Chance itself... READ MORE
Selena, Guildford
A Triumph of Empathy
Shamefully for a professional bookseller, this was my first encounter with Max Porter. I get it. What a writer this man is; inventive, nuanced, artful. B... READ MORE
John - Glasgow Silverburn
A troubled youth
Max Porter is such an excellent writer and he really brings something unique to the table in his effortless writing style and the way he plays with words a... READ MORE


Poetic and experimental, moving and powerful: Max Porter’s short, intense novella plunges you into the mind of troubled teen Shy and the voices that surround him: the people who hurt him and the people who love him, as he wanders into a single night.  

This is the story of a few strange hours in the life of a troubled teenage boy. You mustn't do that to yourself Shy. You mustn't hurt yourself like that. He is wandering into the night listening to the voices in his head: his teachers, his parents, the people he has hurt and the people who are trying to love him. Got your special meds, nutcase? He is escaping Last Chance, a home for 'very disturbed young men', and walking into the haunted space between his night terrors, his past and the heavy question of his future.

  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 9780571380466
  • Number of pages: 128
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

Customer Reviews

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Great Book Group Read
Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy, I think this will be a great read for a book group. Perhaps it will split the crowd? It is very dif... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
Another brilliant novella from the author of Lanny
Max Porter’s magical (in all sense) “Lanny” was one of my favourite books of 2019 (alongside Ali Smith’s “Spring”) and should have gone much further than ... READ MORE
Graham Fulcher
Raw challenging and poetic
Max Porter challenges every reader. His books take us to a part of the human condition that is often “ different to convention “ ; he provokes us to explor... READ MORE
Stephen - the bookworm
Escape into a world you know and don’t know
Looked forward to this being released knowing that the writing would not disappoint. Being able to jump feet first into this boys life for a few short hour... READ MORE
A tad disappointing
Another disappointing read from Porter. This book just isn't of the same quality as either Lanny or Grief is the Thing with Feathers. For me, this book wa... READ MORE
A visceral, redemptive masterpiece about the fragility of adolescent mental health
A masterpiece about personality disorders and in the same class of empathetic writing as ‘The Catcher in the Rye’. Pulsating and mesmerising. A wake-up cal... READ MORE
Emma Sutcliffe