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Ironopolis by Glen James Brown


Glen James Brown

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Imprint: Parthian Books
Publisher: Parthian Books
Publication date: 28 May 2018
ISBN: 9781912109142

The Burn Council Estate is doomed. Stranded on the outskirts of Ironopolis - nickname to a bygone industrial Middlesbrough - the estate is about to be torn down to make way for regeneration. For the future...

5 stars out of 5
Kerry Hudson
16 Jan 2019

"nothing short of a triumph"

Clearly a labour of love, this hugely ambitious debut weaves not only six narratives but multiple timelines, narrative voices and forms. In a lesser writer’s hands, this might have felt overworked, but here the estate becomes a character in its own right. Lives overlap, and yet each experience and interaction within that setting is unique...By keeping compassion, wry observation and tar-black humour at the centre of these interwoven stories, Brown has created a fascinating, absorbing world. When the literary depiction of working-class communities is often reduced to a lazy shorthand of grit and misery, this unflinching, clear-eyed and overall deeply human depiction of an estate’s glory days and its eventual decline is nothing short of a triumph.