ISABEL GREENBERG IS...
... a London based illustrator and writer. Her first graphic novel The Encyclopaedia of Early Earth was published in 2013 by Jonathan Cape in the UK, Random House in Canada and Little Brown in the US. It has since been translated into French, Spanish, Korean, German and Chinese.
It was nominated for two Eisner awards, won the Best Book category at the British Comic Awards; was one of NPR's 100 Books Of The Year; was the Guardian's graphic novel pick of the month and was in the New York Times Graphic Books bestseller list.
Her second graphic novel The One Hundred Nights of Hero was published in September 2016, and also made the New York Times graphic books bestseller list. It was one of the Observer's best graphic books of 2016.
Isabel studied illustration at the University of Brighton and since graduating has worked for a variety of clients including The Guardian, Nobrow Press, The National Trust, Seven Stories Press, First Second and The New York Times. In 2011 she won the Observer Jonathan Cape Graphic Short Story Prize. Isabel exhibited work in the Memory Palace exhibition at the V&A, had a solo exhibition at Cecil Sharp House and was a select at Pick Me Up 2014 at Somerset House.
Isabel completed an MA at the RCA in experimental animation, and is currently working on a new graphic novel called Glass Town.
Isabel is represented by Seth Fishman at the Gernert Agency.
Praise for The Encylopedia of Early Earth:
"...an exquisite book that will be loved by children and adults alike." Rachel Cooke, The Observer
"This is a hugely enjoyable and remarkable book, with much to discover below the surface." Jess Richards, The Guardian
"The Encyclopedia of Early Earth is ambitious and impressive enough as a feat of world-building, but it's a good deal more than that. From its gods and ghosts and monsters, a rich and palpably human tale emerges — a sad and unshowily beautiful love story that lands with an emotional impact you likely won't see coming."
Glen Weldon, NPR
Praise for The One Hundred Nights Of Hero:
“Greenberg’s enchanting second graphic novel returns to the strange world of her award-winning debut, The Encyclopaedia of Early Earth… Greenberg’s artwork is whimsical, and her plots reference countless fables. But there’s also real darkness, and the stories speak movingly of the desperation of a narrow, patriarchal world in which “happily ever after” often translates as forced marriage to a strange man.” James Smart, The Guardian
“The most sumptuous and captivating graphic novel of 2016 is surely The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg… A wondrously intricate book, and a witty attack on the patriarchy, this is an instant classic, to be loved and kept for all time.” Rachel Cooke, The Observer
“Greenberg’s art perfectly suits the stories she’s telling and the tone she’s telling them in. Her rough line work is reminiscent of Kate Barton’s Hark! A Vagrant and Emily Carroll’s Through the Woods, and lends the stories, and their world, a folkloric charm. …The One Hundred Nights of Hero is as much about the power of storytelling as it is the act of doing so. And much like her titular character, Greenberg succeeds. “ Entertainment Weekly
“Above all, it’s a book about the power of storytelling, populating Early Earth with a secret society of storytellers, a grove of memory trees, and women treasuring literacy in defiance of a stern bird god. Greenberg’s primitive woodcut-style illustrations suggest folk art from another planet.” Publishers' Weekly