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Glen James Brown

  • Original Title: IRONOPOLIS
  • Publication date: May 2018
  • Publisher: Parthian Books
  • Country: GB
  • 480 print pages
  • Drama


  • Epoch: Mixed
  • Time Period: 20th century, 21st century
  • Location setting: United Kingdom
  • Themes: FAMILY, Dysfunctional family, Paternity, Family secrets, Filiation, PEOPLE facing life, Looking back on one's life, Dependence, Facing failure, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Rivalry, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Poverty, Exclusion, Violence, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social relations, CHARACTERS, Minorities


The story of a huge housing estate and its residents in the North East of England set over five decades. The novel interweaves the lives of the people living on the estate as they interact with one another, using a sharp humour to bite through the bleakness of their lives.


Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2019
Longlisted for the first Orwell Prize for Political Fiction (2019)

Debut novel.

Glen James Brown is a British writer. 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.


Stranded on the outskirts of Ironopolis - nickname to a lost industrial Middlesbrough - the Burn Council Estate is about to be torn down to make way for regeneration. For the future ...
But these streets know many stories, some hide secrets ...

Jean holds the key to the disappearance of a famous artist ... Jim's youth is shattered during the euphoric raves of 89 ... A brutal boyhood prank scars three generations of Frank's family ... Corina's gambling addiction costs her far more than money ... And Alan, a man devastated by his past, unravels the darkness of his terrifying father, a man whose shadow has loomed large over the estate for a lifetime.

And then there is the ageless Peg Powler, part myth, part reality: why is she stalking them all?

"Human nature? Class politics? Whatever it was, it wasn't us ... Deep down we were part of a whole, single energy, and all we had to do was be ready to sink down together."

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