A Sunday Times Bestseller, BBC Radio 2 Book Club Pick and BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime, The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal is the intoxicating story of one woman's dreams of freedom in Victorian England and the man whose obsession threatens to destroy them forever . . .

'A sharp, scary, gorgeously evocative tale of love, art and obsession' - Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

London. 1850. On a crowded street, the dollmaker Iris Whittle meets the artist Louis Frost. Louis is a painter who yearns to have his work displayed in the Royal Academy, and he is desperate for Iris to be his model. Iris agrees, on the condition that he teaches her to paint.

Dreaming of freedom, Iris throws herself into a new life of art and love, unaware that she has caught the eye of a second man. Silas Reed is a curiosity collector, enchanted by the strange and beautiful. After seeing Iris at the site of the Great Exhibition he finds he cannot forget her.

As Iris's world expands, Silas's obsession grows. And it is only a matter of time before they meet again . . .

'A dark delight and fans of The Miniaturist and The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock will love it' - Red

The Doll Factory will be made into a major TV series.

The doll factory - Elizabeth Macneal

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Title
The doll factory
Author
Elizabeth Macneal
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Picador
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20200305

A Sunday Times Bestseller, BBC Radio 2 Book Club Pick and BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime, The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal is the intoxicating story of one woman's dreams of freedom in Victorian England and the man whose obsession threatens to destroy them forever . . .

'A sharp, scary, gorgeously evocative tale of love, art and obsession' - Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

London. 1850. On a crowded street, the dollmaker Iris Whittle meets the artist Louis Frost. Louis is a painter who yearns to have his work displayed in the Royal Academy, and he is desperate for Iris to be his model. Iris agrees, on the condition that he teaches her to paint.

Dreaming of freedom, Iris throws herself into a new life of art and love, unaware that she has caught the eye of a second man. Silas Reed is a curiosity collector, enchanted by the strange and beautiful. After seeing Iris at the site of the Great Exhibition he finds he cannot forget her.

As Iris's world expands, Silas's obsession grows. And it is only a matter of time before they meet again . . .

'A dark delight and fans of The Miniaturist and The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock will love it' - Red

The Doll Factory will be made into a major TV series.

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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.

A remarkable example of historical fiction . . . full of life, colour and intelligence
Sunday Times

Stunningly confident . . . thoroughly engrossing
Ian Rankin

A must read . . . Elizabeth Macneal's compelling debut is a darkly brilliant tale of Gothic suspense
Daily Mail

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

Macneal is excellent on the tension between idealised women and the reality . . . The Doll Factory is a remarkably strong debut; clever and readable with flashes of wonderful, descriptive prose
The Times - Book of the Month

Astounding . . . I recommend it wholeheartedly
Jo Whiley, BBC Radio 2 Book Club

This is a dark delight and fans of The Miniaturist and The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock will love it
Red Magazine

A deliciously gothic concoction that abounds with energy and imagination, conjuring up 1850s London life in all its Dickensian glory. Macneal marries art, obsession and possession in a plot that gains momentum and leaves the reader breathless
Daily Mail

I loved The Doll Factory from the very first page . . . an exquisite novel of obsession, delusion, resilience and love . . . breathtaking
AJ Pearce, author of Dear Mrs Bird

Astonishingly good . . . with and a plot that rattles like a speeding carriage to its thrilling conclusion. I couldn't put it down. You won't be able to either
Elizabeth Day, author of The Party

Magnificent . . . features an extraordinary, unforgettable cast of characters . . . you can't help but be entranced by this uniquely evocative and arresting story . . . the tension ramps up to a breathtaking climax . . .
if you love books like The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock, Tulip Fever and Perfume then add The Doll Factory to your reading list
Daily Express

Vividly rendered . . . captivating . . . engrossing
Evening Standard

This brilliant literary thriller gripped me from the opening page . . . a beautifully researched historical novel with a plot to stop your heart
Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites and The Good People

Brilliant . . . refreshingly original . . . beautifully orchestrated . . . fascinating
Andrew Taylor, No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author of The Ashes of London and The American Boy

The summer's hottest author . . . at once a love story and a thriller . . . Iris is a fierce creation. She chafes against the Victorian constraints on her freedom, carves out her own space in the male art world
Sunday Times

Stunning . . . with an unbearably tense and chilling denouement that had me totally gripped
Sophie Mackintosh, Man Booker Prize longlisted author of The Water Cure

Elegantly plotted . . . compelling and chilling
The i

Exquisitely executed, well-researched and richly evocative . . . a fast-paced, inventive ride through the dirt and squalor of Victorian London
Mail on Sunday

Exquisite . . . authentic and suspenseful
Woman & Home

Pretty much everything you could want from a book set in Victorian London . . . terrific storytelling . . . Ever since the success of The Essex Serpent, there's been no shortage of good modern gothic novels. The Doll Factory might just be the best yet
Reader's Digest - James Walton

Type
BOOK
Edition
1st paperback ed
Keyword Index
London (England) - History - 1800-1950 - Fiction.|Historical fiction.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
379

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