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Glen James Brown


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'...nothing short of a triumph' - The Guardian

Selected in The Guardian’s Best Summer Books 2018

‘The most accomplished working-class novel of the last few years.’ – Paul Simon, Morning Star

‘…a tapestry of working-class life in all its glory and pain.’ – Anthony Cartwright, author of Heartland

‘Edgy and arresting debut novel.’ – The Bookseller

‘… an unflinching tale about narratives at the heart of working class communities and the struggle to keep them alive.’ – Northern Soul

‘You may have to steel yourself to carry on, but it’s worth the journey.’

– The Northern Echo


Ironopolis is a warren of streets, memories and people with secrets …

Glen James Brown orchestrates a remarkable novel across these streets as Ironopolis tells its own story across three generations.

Jean unveils a secret on her deathbed … Alan unravels the truth of his father, who has haunted the Burn Council Estate for a lifetime … Corina is trying to get through one last day at the hairdressers before closing it for good.

And then there is the ageless Peg Powler, part myth, part reality and her reason for stalking them all.

 Image of author Glen was born in County Durham in 1982 and studied English at Leeds Becketts University. In 2013 he won an AHRC scholarship to study for an M.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester, where he graduated with distinction and the Kate Betts Memorial Award. Ironopolis is his first novel. He lives in Manchester.