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Hannah Berry

Hannah Berry is a Brighton-based graphic novelist, writer, illustrator and occasional lecturer. She was Booktrust’s seventh Online Writer in Residence and has been a regular tutor for the Arvon Foundation’s Graphic Novel Writing course. Her first graphic novel Britten and Brülightly, begun while studying an illustration degree at the University of Brighton. It has been translated into Italian, Dutch, Serbian and French, with the French edition chosen as part of the official selection for the 2010 Angoulême International Comics Festival. Berry has exhibited work in solo and collective exhibitions and written for publications including New Statesman, Dazed & Confused and Huffington Post UK.

Books in order of publication:

Britten and Brülightly (2008)

Adamtine (2012)

Livestock (2017)

In praise of Hannah Berry:

‘The…perfect marriage of soaringly beautiful drawing and writing that makes you want to jump up and down with euphoria’ – The Times

‘One of the most gloriously inventive and appealing comic-book debuts in years…. The writing plays wittily off Chandler; the artwork crosses Posy Simmonds with Edward Gorey; the sense of humour recalls Bob Burden … Superb.’ – The Daily Telegraph

‘A surprise hit. The eerie narrative, elegantly drawn in sharp lines and monochromatic hues… catches the essense of noir.’ – The New York Times Book Review

‘An audacious, wise-beyond-years debut that that hits the proverbial sweet spot of standout storytelling and ruminative reflection…’ – Los Angeles Times

‘An impressive debut. Set in a beautifully evoked bygone era, it’s a tale of private investigation that takes its narrative queue from the writing of Dashiell Hammett and its visual styling from American film noir’  – Scotland on Sunday

‘A beautifully executed affair, moody and mysterious in tone. What stands out is its resonant portrayal of a man in a mid-life crisis, seeking truth while drowning in an ocean of deceit …  Britten and Brülightly is satisfying on an emotional level that transcends genre and takes on philosophical textures. It’s as startling and poetic as anything by Chandler or Hammett.’ – Time Out London

‘Imaginative, beautiful work … Hannah Berry conjures up exactly the right noir atmosphere.’ – The Guardian

‘A compulsively readable modern whodunit’ – Stylist

‘Much of Adamantine’s pleasure lies in how disconcerting it all is. The tricky narrative, however, is nicely counterbalanced by Berry’s clear and carefully detailed illustrations, and a deceptively simple visual style that keeps the storytelling on solid ground, even when things take an alarming turn for the weirder’ – The List

Hannah Berry Titles