Glass Town

Glass Town

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The entrancing story of the Bronte sisters' childhood imaginary world, from the New York Times bestselling graphic novelist

Four children: Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne have invented a world so real and vivid that they can step right into it. But can reality be enough, when fiction is so enticing? And what happens to an imaginary world when its creators grow up?

Plots are spiralling, characters are getting wildly out of hand, and a great deal of ink is being spilt...

Welcome to Glass Town.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 210 x 262 x 28mm | 1,003g
  • Jonathan Cape Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1787330834
  • 9781787330832
  • 47,027

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The weird and wonderful world of the Brontës is brought to life in beautiful, blazing colour… A wonderful book. Greenberg is impressively well-informed about the Brontës, but handles her facts lightly, allowing full power to the beautiful and sensitive images… It’s strange how moving these images are.
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Magical. Isabel Greenberg's drawings are delightful and her imaginative response to the young Brontes' fantasy lives is touching, funny and perceptive. -- Lucasta Miller * author of The Bronte Myth * An ingenious intertwining of real life and make believe, Glass Town explores the Brontes' creative impulse and its effect on their lives. It is the perfect combination of clever, crazy, and just a tiny bit creepy, and will appeal to anyone who has wondered about how imagination shapes us, as well as to card-carrying Bronte fans. -- Tracy Chevalier Glass Town is a book to savour, a captivating mash-up of fact and fantasy, with something wonderful on every page. I loved it. -- Sarah Waters Glass Town is a vivid historical fiction following the lives of the Bronte family... [Greenberg] gracefully moves in and out of the Bronte dreamworld... Glass Town might provide a kind of meta-escapism for a moment in time when many of us feel that fiction is brighter than reality. -- Anna Leszkiewicz * New Statesman * Magical... Greenberg's illustrations are wonderful - witty, uncanny, melancholy and funny, brilliantly capturing the creativity of the hugely gifted Brontes. -- Eithne Farry * Sunday Express * [A] beautifully drawn graphic novel... From the vivid artwork to a story as poignant and touching as it is witty, this is an artful, inventive and deeply moving mash-up of fact and fiction. -- Charlotte Heathcote * Daily Mirror * The weird and wonderful world of the Brontes is brought to life in beautiful, blazing colour... A wonderful book. Greenberg is impressively well-informed about the Brontes, but handles her facts lightly, allowing full power to the beautiful and sensitive images... It's strange how moving these images are. -- Claire Harman * Evening Standard, *Book of the Week* * Oh, this is good... [Glass Town] is a wonderfully moving exploration of the line between creator and creation. And mortality and immortality, for that matter. It is also another reminder that Greenberg is one of the most singular and imaginative graphic novelists we have. -- Teddy Jamieson * Herald Scotland * A brilliant, bonkers tribute to the Brontes... Isabel Greenberg has done something extraordinary... Glass Town works so well because while the Brontes' own story is absolutely devastating, the Glass Town scenes are full of fun... They made their world for the sheer pleasure of making, and that pleasure radiates off Greenberg's pages too. -- Samantha Ellis * Daily Telegraph ***** * A wild journey: an odyssey... A feat of narrative concision that is by turns dreamy, and gritty. If it's a fantastic comic - and I think that it is - then it's also one of the best books about the Brontes' juvenilia ever written. -- Rachel Cooke * Observer *
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About Isabel Greenberg

Isabel Greenberg is a London-based illustrator and writer. She studied illustration at the University of Brighton. She won the Cape/Comica/Observer graphic short story prize in 2011 with 'Love in a Very Cold Climate'. Her debut graphic novel, The Enyclopedia of Early Earth, won two Eisner Awards and was a New York Times bestseller.
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774 ratings
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5 38% (294)
4 41% (321)
3 18% (138)
2 2% (17)
1 1% (4)
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