by Max Porter


From the bestselling author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers and Lanny - the polyphonic story of a troubled teenager, with all of the humanity and trademark invention we expect from one of our most exciting writers.

Things keep slipping up for Shy. All he wants is sex, spliffs and his own turntables, and for all the red noise in his mind to disappear. But again and again he spirals past his senses and ends up with his head in his hands and carnage around him.

You mustn't do that to yourself Shy. You mustn't hurt yourself like that.

He's been kicked out of two schools, been cautioned, arrested, stabbed his 
stepdad in the finger and bottled a former Tumble Tots playmate, but it's the taunts and teasing of his new schoolmates that haunt Shy.

Shy's got no armpit hair / Shy needs fake ID to buy fags / Got your special 
meds, nutcase?

At Last Chance - a home for 'very disturbed young men' - he is surrounded by 
people who want to help him, but his night terrors aren't getting any better.

The night is huge and it hurts.

So tonight he's stepping into it, with the haunted beginnings of a plan.
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 128 Pages
Imprint: Faber Fiction
Published: April 2023
ISBN:  9780571377305

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