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SHORTLISTED FOR THE PORTICO PRIZE
SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE
SELECTED IN THE GUARDIAN'S BEST SUMMER BOOKS
‘An 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
‘Bold, polyphonic, daringly structured... Ironopolis is an ambitious and exciting achievement...’ – Sam Byers, author of Idiopathy and Perfidious Albion
‘This is a true novel of the people... a tapestry of working-class life in all its glory and pain.’ – Anthony Cartwright, author of Heartland
‘The most accomplished working-class novel of the last few years.’ – The Morning Star
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, a man who has haunted the Burn Council Estate for a lifetime... Corina is just trying to get through one last day at the hairdressers before she closes it for good.
And then there is the ageless Peg Powler, myth and reality, stalking them all...
This is a new edition of one of Parthian’s most acclaimed recent titles, complete with a stunning redesigned jacket.
Glen James Brown 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.