Dotter of her Father’s Eyes

Mary and Brian at the Costa Awards 2013Winner of the 2012 Costa Biography Award

The judges described the book as: “A strikingly original graphic memoir which links two lives in a highly imaginative way…A gem of a book”.

“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 author: Palestine, Safe Area Gorazde and The Great War

cover-with-CostaPart 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 an 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.

Mary adds, “I think what’s been most distinctive about this project is that I haven’t just completed a script and then passed it over to an artist. We’ve been able to work on the book together, with an intensive and ongoing creative interaction that’s usually missing from writer/artist collaborations”.

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

Jennifer Coates – Emeritus Professor of English Language and Linguistics at Roehampton University and Fellow of the English Association

The book is published by Vintage Books, an imprint of Jonathan Cape. Available here. Also available from iTunes.

A Spanish edition was published by La Cúpola, Barcelona, in September 2012 as La niña de sus ojos. A paperback edition (pictured right) appeared in February 2017.

Omnibus, Belgrade, published a Serbian edition in late 2013. In Spring 2014 Wydawnictwo Komiksowe, Warsaw, published a Polish edition. Guangxi Normal University Press published a Simplified Chinese edition in Autumn 2014. It was also published in Turkey in late 2017.















Her Circle
Neil Gaiman at the New York Times
Paul Gravett
Rich Johnson at Bleeding Cool
Stephen Holland at Page 45
Kashfi Fahim at Review Fix
Publishers Weekly
Rachel Cook at The Guardian
Stuart Kelly at The Scotsman
Tim Martin at The Telegraph
Iris on Books
Nymeth at things mean a lot
John Lloyd at The Bookbag
Monserrat Terrones talks about Dotter (Spanish)
Janine Utell on ‘James Joyce, Intertextuality and Memoir’
Fahrenheit 451 (Spanish)
Cómics para todos (Spanish)


Page8Mary and Bryan on Panel Borders Podcast
Forbidden Planet blog
Mary’s “Director’s Commentary” at the Forbidden Planet blog
Interview with Mary and Bryan at Comic Book Resources
Interview at Bookmunch
Interview at Gotham News
Metro 5 Questions
dovegreyreader scribbles
ConSequential blog
La Cúpula blog (Spanish)
Virtual Lancaster blog
A Fiction Habit

Costa Awards Win Articles

BBC News – Look North (video)
Mark Brown at The Guardian
Claire Armistead at The Guardian
Dotter extracts at The Guardian
Bleeding Cool
Teddy Jamieson at The Herald

Page37Costa Awards Nomination Articles

Mark Brown at The Guardian
Rachel Cook at The Guardian
Becky Barnicoat at Guardian Weekend
The Mail Online The Independent
BBC Mundo (Spanish)
El País (Spanish)
Tom Murphy at Full-Page Bleed

Best-of Links

Guardian’s Christmas gifts 2012: best biographies
Independent’s Books of the Year: Memoirs
MTV Geek’s Best Graphic Novels of 2012
Publishers’ Weekly Best Graphic Novels of 2012
Toonari Post
Huffington Post
Spectator Tribune
Comic Book Resources
Forbidden Planet International


Videos at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival

Dotter trailer

Launch party videos

Channel 4 on Costa win

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