Great to see Dotter of her Father’s Eyes by Mary & Bryan Talbot on the Costa list


Dotter of her Father’s Eyes is the kind of book that is enormously appealing to a former English Literature student with a love of comics. Addressing the latter first, Bryan Talbot is the man responsible for such comic highs as The Tale of One Bad Rat, Alice in Sunderland and, more recently, Grandville (the first two of which appeared within Paul Gravett’s recent excellent 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die). His wife Mary is a retired academic and author of such works as Language, Intertextuality & Subjectivity: Voices in the Construction of Consumer Femininity and All the World and Her Husband: Women in Twentieth-Century Consumer Culture. Dotter of her Father’s Eyes is, as you might expect, a great marriage of minds.

Part memoir and part biography, Dotter of her Father’s Eyes links the upbringing of Mary Talbot, daughter of a prominent Joyce scholar, and Lucia Joyce…

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