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'My cold mad feary father',
This review is from: Dotter of Her Father's Eyes (Hardcover)
Mary Talbot's father was a prominent James Joyce scholar who was beloved by his students for his warmth and enthusiasm. At home, however, his main modes were terrible anger and sarcasm. In this graphic memoir written by Mary Talbot and illustrated by her husband Bryan, Mary's life is interspersed with that of Lucia Joyce a talented dancer and illustrator (although this latter activity is not mentioned) who is shown as having her ambitions thwarted by her own controlling family.
"Dotter of her Father's Eyes" is a compelling and moving work, which also displays great warmth and humour. Bryan Talbot's illustrations are beautiful: shades of grey and black for Lucia's story and sepia enhanced with colour for Mary's. The husband and wife pairing works very well and some of my favourite parts of the memoir involved Mary's marginal comments on her husband's illustrations.
"Dotter of her Father's Eyes" came to my attention after it was shortlisted (and later won) the Costa biography award. It is a worthy winner.