Reviews

  • "A wild journey: an odysseyA 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 Brontës’ juvenilia ever written."

    Rachel Cooke, Observer
  • "A brilliant, bonkers tribute to the BrontësIsabel Greenberg has done something extraordinaryGlass Town works so well because while the Brontës’ 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 *****
  • "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
  • "The weird and wonderful world of the Brontës is brought to life in beautiful, blazing colourA 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."

    Claire Harman, Evening Standard, *Book of the Week*
  • "[A] beautifully drawn graphic novelFrom 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
  • "MagicalGreenberg’s illustrations are wonderful – witty, uncanny, melancholy and funny, brilliantly capturing the creativity of the hugely gifted Brontës."

    Eithne Farry, Sunday Express
  • "Glass Town is a vivid historical fiction following the lives of the Brontë family… [Greenberg] gracefully moves in and out of the Brontë dreamworldGlass 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
  • "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
  • "An ingenious intertwining of real life and make believe, Glass Town explores the Brontës’ 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 Brontë fans."

    Tracy Chevalier
  • "Magical. Isabel Greenberg's drawings are delightful and her imaginative response to the young Brontës' fantasy lives is touching, funny and perceptive."

    Lucasta Miller, author of The Bronte Myth