Lily recommends: My favourite read of 2019, this is a novel set during the height of the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood. Full of art, intrigue, and a bit of mystery, it's got everything you could want in a historical novel. I'm also really looking forward to Elizabeth's second novel, The Circus of Wonders, due to be released in May 2021.
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 Sunday Times Best Paperback of 2020 PickThe Doll Factory will be made into a major TV series.
Author:Macneal, Elizabeth, Format: Paperback, Imprint: Picador, Series: N/A, Publisher: PAN MACMILLAN , Published: 05/03/2020, Pagination: 384 pages, Classification: Fiction & related items, Country of Publication: