2019 Political Fiction Book prize long list

Ironopolis

Glen James Brown

Published by: Parthian Books

“A brilliantly evocative and laugh-out-loud funny debut novel presents life and the longing to make art on the fictional Burn Council Estate, in post-industrial Middlesborough. Glenn James Brown’s fierce, compassionate, multi-voiced story follows its characters across generations as the UK’s crisis in social housing hits the 1990s and becomes acute. Domestic details are documented with moving accuracy as he weaves his story together through oral history projects, found letters, celebrated paintings and local myths. Ironopolis celebrates a community and mourns its demise; it damns the politics of individualism and property greed to write a great slice of disappearing working class life into our national canon.”