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  • Published: 15 February 2012
  • ISBN: 9780224096089
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $29.99
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Dotter of Her Father's Eyes



An extraordinary new graphic memoir about James Joyce, fathers and daughters.

Part personal history, part biography, Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes contrasts two coming of age narratives: that of Lucia, the daughter of James Joyce, and that of author Mary Talbot, daughter of the eminent Joycean scholar James S Atherton. Social expectations and gender politics, thwarted ambitions and personal tragedy are played out against two contrasting historical backgrounds, poignantly evoked by the atmospheric visual storytelling of award winning comic artist and graphic novel pioneer Bryan Talbot. Produced through a intense collaboration seldom seen between writers and artists, Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes is intelligent, funny and sad – a fine addition to the evolving genre of graphic memoir.

  • Published: 15 February 2012
  • ISBN: 9780224096089
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $29.99
Categories:

About the authors

Mary Talbot

Mary Talbot is an internationally acclaimed scholar who has published widely on language, gender and power, particularly in relation to media and consumer culture. She is the co-author of the graphic novels Dotter of her Father's Eyes and Sally Heathcote: Suffragette.

Bryan Talbot

Bryan Talbot was born in 1952. He has worked on underground comics, science fiction and superhero stories such as Judge Dredd and Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight. His books include Alice in Sunderland, Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes (with Mary Talbot), the first graphic novel to win the Costa biography award, and the Grandville series.

Praise for Dotter of Her Father's Eyes

Dotter of Her Father's Eyes is doubly enjoyable for writer Mary Talbot's masterful interweaving of two father-daughter relationships and cartoonist Bryan Talbot's equally brilliant drawings, which transported me back-and-forth between gritty postwar Britain and the swinging Paris of the 20s and 30s. This is one of the best collaborative efforts I've seen in the comics medium.

Joe Sacco

A fascinating and original book, which will have wide appeal - not just to fathers and daughters!

Jennifer Coates

[Am]bitious, entertaining and perceptive...blends a first-time script from Mary Talbot with stunning drawings and design from her husband, Bryan... It's a small triumph.

Tim Martin, Daily Telegraph

Elegantly drawn and fluidly told, like Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir, Fun Home, this is a moving take on fathers, daughters and literature.

Tom Gatti, The Times

Lucia Joyce's tragic descent from creativity into fragmentation is brilliantly brought home by the writing and art of the Talbot team.

Lucille Redmond, Irish Times

Exquisite and moving book.

Rachel Cooke, The Observer

Given that Dotter of Her Father's Eyes is one of two graphic works on this year's Costa prize shortlists, it seems that we're going to be thinking and talking a lot more about this way of telling life stories as 2013 unfolds.

Kathryn Hughes, Guardian

A sad, stunning book.

Arifa Akbar, Independent

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