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The Doll Factory

by Elizabeth Macneal

Audiobooks of the Month Historical Fiction Relationship Stories

LoveReading View on The Doll Factory

Beautifully and deliciously foreboding, this is an eloquent, thrilling treat. Iris and Silas meet as construction begins for the Great Exhibition in 1850, for one it is an experience soon forgotten, for the other the beginning of a dangerous obsession. Members of the Pre-Raphelite Brotherhood gather, their ideals and connection to the Arts and Crafts movement are fascinating to observe, particularly when compared to the logic and occupation of Silas. The Doll Factory won the Caledonia Novel Award 2018, and it is easy to see why it was immediately snapped up, the storyline while disturbing is enthralling and the descriptive detailing exquisite. Elizabeth MacNeal allows us intimate access to the thoughts and feelings of both Iris and Silas, opening a doorway to the potential and possible future of the story which succeeds in increasing the tension to almost unbearable levels. I felt a duty of care to both parties, wanting to warn, to ease, to prevent harm. As the story gathered me in and opened my eyes, I felt a shiver of chills gathering, forcing goosebumps down my arms. There is a darkness of the gothic variety to be found with The Doll Factory, it is also incredibly rewarding and comes with a highly recommended stamp from me.

Liz Robinson

The Doll Factory Synopsis

The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal is the intoxicating story of a young woman who aspires to be an artist, and the man whose obsession may destroy her world for ever.

London. 1850. The greatest spectacle the city has ever seen is being built in Hyde Park, and among the crowd watching 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.

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ISBN: 9781529002393
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Publisher: Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback

Publication date: 02/05/2019
Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
Format: Audiobook

ISBN: 9781529002409
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Publisher: Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Ebook

Book Information

Publication date: 2nd May 2019
Author: Elizabeth Macneal
Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
Format: Audiobook
Genres: Audiobooks of the Month, Historical Fiction, Relationship Stories,

About Elizabeth Macneal

Elizabeth Macneal was born in Edinburgh 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.

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