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The Doll Factory - Elizabeth Macneal

Paperback Published: 23rd April 2019
ISBN: 9781529002416
Number Of Pages: 336

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The Doll Factory, the debut novel by Elizabeth Macneal, is an intoxicating story of art, obsession and possession.

London. 1850. The Great Exhibition is being erected in Hyde Park and among the crowd watching the spectacle two people meet. For Iris, an aspiring artist, it is the encounter of a moment - forgotten seconds later, but for Silas, a collector entranced by the strange and beautiful, that meeting marks a new beginning.

When Iris is asked to model for pre-Raphaelite artist Louis Frost, she agrees on the condition that he will also teach her to paint. Suddenly her world begins to expand, to become a place of art and love.

But Silas has only thought of one thing since their meeting, and his obsession is darkening . . .

About the Author

Elizabeth Macneal was born in Scotland and now lives in East London. She is a writer and potter and works from a small studio at the bottom of her garden. She read English Literature at Oxford University, before working in the City for several years. In 2017, she completed the Creative Writing MA at UEA where she was awarded the Malcolm Bradbury scholarship.

The Doll Factory, Elizabeth's debut novel, won the Caledonia Novel Award 2018.

Industry Reviews

"A stunningly confident first novel with a real sense of period and place . . . thoroughly engrossing"
Ian Rankin

"Fantastic - vivid, poignant, colourful, and elegantly horrifying"
Bridget Collins, author of The Binding

"This brilliant literary thriller gripped me from the opening page and didn’t relinquish its hold until I’d read the final sentence. The Doll Factory conjures 1850s London in all its grime and glory, possibility and restriction in absorbing, immersive detail. Elizabeth Macneal has created that rare thing: a beautifully researched historical novel with a plot to stop your heart. If this is her first book, I can barely wait to see what she writes next"
Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites

"The Doll Factory is brilliant, with a refreshingly original quality, beautifully orchestrated narrative, great characters and some fascinating background detail"
Andrew Taylor, author of The Ashes of London

ISBN: 9781529002416
ISBN-10: 1529002419
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 23rd April 2019
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.7  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.47

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