Glen James Brown

Published by Parthian

Ironopolis is the debut novel from Glen James Brown. The novel revolves around the changes that come to a housing development in North East England over three generations, and how these changes force each character to a crossroads. The stories of six of these crossroads create one unified narrative. 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.

A tapestry of working-class life in all its glory and pain. — Anthony Cartwright, author of Heartland

Glen James Brown was born in County Durham in 1982 and studied English at Leeds Beckett 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.