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  • Published: 1 October 2013
  • ISBN: 9780224097192
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $39.99
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The Encyclopedia of Early Earth


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‘It’s a book about many things – love, snow, god, poisoned sausages...but mostly it’s a celebration of storytelling itself. Strange and wry and funny and beautifully drawn.’

Mark Haddon



Winner of the Best Book Award at the 2014 British Comic Awards


Winner of the Best Book Award at the 2014 British Comic Awards
Readers! This book is not a real encyclopedia!

It is an epic work of fiction, detailing the many tales and adventures of one lonely storyteller, on a quest for Enlightenment and True Love. This book contains many stories, big and small, about and pertaining to the following things: Gods, monsters, mad kings, wise old crones, shamans, medicine men, brothers and sisters, strife, mystery, bad science, worse geography, and did we already mention true love?

Critics are saying it is probably the best thing since sliced bread. Maybe even since bread knives.

  • Pub date: 1 October 2013
  • ISBN: 9780224097192
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $39.99

About the Author

Isabel Greenberg

Isabel Greenberg is a London-based illustrator and writer. She studied illustration at the University of Brighton. She won the Cape/Comica/Observer Graphic Short Story Prize in 2011 with ‘Love in a Very Cold Climate’. Her debut graphic novel, The Enyclopedia of Early Earth, won two Eisner Awards and was a New York Times bestseller.

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Praise for The Encyclopedia of Early Earth

“There’s much myth and magic in the pages of this colossal work of illustrated fiction.”

Monocle

“This is a hugely enjoyable and remarkable book, with much to discover below the surface.”

Jess Richards, Guardian

“It’s a whimsical, light-hearted book that reads like the best kind of bedtime story – a new take on something familiar and much loved.”

Teddy Jamieson, Glasgow Sunday Herald

“There is a pleasing unity to these far-flung stories appearing alongside one another. Greenberg is clearly fascinated by the universality of myth.”

George Pendle, Financial Times

“Timelessly brilliant… Isabel Greenberg is clearly destined to make a big contribution to British comics.”

Starburst

“Greenberg’s book celebrates snow and storytelling in all their various forms.”

Rachel Cooke, Observer

“Greenberg both tells and illustrates with warm, whimsical beauty.”

Lev Grossman, Time

“Fantastical, often touching yarns, which graphic novelist Greenberg tells and illustrates with warm, whimsical beauty.”

Time Magazine

“A work of exquisite originality... This book has the sort of energy and depth that will appeal to readers of all ages. Early Earth encompasses humour, wit, tragedy, brutality and the most bittersweet love story you can imagine.”

Hugh Armitage, Digital Spy

“I cannot recommend you getting a copy of The Encyclopedia of Early Earth enough. It really is just wonderful how every page will hold a story within a picture, yet all those pictures create another story which adds a layer, back story, or myth around the story we are following.”

Savidge Reads

“I was instantly struck by how breathtakingly beautiful it was… Prepare for some stunning mythology that you will never have read before… This is the kind of book you will want to take home and keep forever. It’s timeless folklore and exquisite drawings will convert lovers of fantasy and mythology to the wonders of graphic novels”

Amy Coles, Guardian

“I was instantly struck by how breathtakingly beautiful it was… Prepare for some stunning mythology that you will never have read before… This is the kind of book you will want to take home and keep forever. It’s timeless folklore and exquisite drawings will convert lovers of fantasy and mythology to the wonders of graphic novels”

Amy Coles, Guardian

“‘It’s a book about many things – love, snow, god, poisoned sausages...but mostly it’s a celebration of storytelling itself. Strange and wry and funny and beautifully drawn.’”

Mark Haddon

“One of the most anticipated debuts of 2013.”

Tom Tivnan, The Bookseller

“A playful yet wise graphic novel.”

Paul Gravett, ArtReview


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