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The Sunday Times Bestseller - As read on BBC Radio 4 A BBC Radio 2 Book Club Choice 2019 'A sharp, scary, gorgeously evocative tale of love, art and obsession' - Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train 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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Nina S, 3 mars 2020
En ung kvinna som drömmer om att bli konstnär sitter modell för en pre-rafaelitisk konstnär, men vill mer: att själv måla och bli erkänd trots att hon är kvinna i det viktorianska London. Men det finns en man som blir besatt av henne och hon är i fara utan att veta om det. Välskrivet, vackert, om kvinnlig styrka, konst och besatthet. Jag kände verkligen stämningen från London år 1850 så kan rekommendera den här boken till den som gillar historiska romaner. Finns översatt till svenska som Dockmakerskan.
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A remarkable example of historical fiction . . . full of life, colour and intelligence * Sunday Times * Stunningly confident . . . thoroughly engrossing -- Ian Rankin One of this year's best debuts tells the story of Iris, an aspiring artist in 1850s London . . . A clever and gripping read * The Times * Fantastic - vivid, poignant, colourful, and elegantly horrifying -- Bridget Collins, author of <i>The Binding</i> 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 -- Book of the Month * The Times * Astounding . . . I recommend it wholeheartedly -- Jo Whiley, BBC Radio 2 Book Club 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 <i>Burial Rites</i> and <i>The Good People</i> This is a dark delight and fans of The Miniaturist and The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock will love it * Red Magazine * There is hardly an aspect of Victorian London that Macneal has not mastered in her lush, evocative Gothic, which chronicles a sadistic taxidermist's sinister obsession with an impoverished young painter . . . a harrowing and bewitching adventure * The New York Times Book Review * Vividly rendered . . . captivating . . . engrossing * Evening Standard * Bewitching and disturbing by turns, The Doll Factory is a glorious gothic romance -- Laura Purcell, author of <i>The Silent Companions</i> I've missed subway stops to finish a book, but this is the first time I almost missed a plane . . . a perfect blend of froth and substance . . . a fascinating portrait of a talented young woman trying to negotiate the impossible sexual standards of her era: To acquire the skills she needs, Iris must endure society's approbation, and to enjoy the romance she craves, she must keep her talent subordinate to her lover's . . . magical storytelling -- Ron Charles * Washington Post * I loved The Doll Factory from the very first page . . . an exquisite novel of obsession, delusion, resilience and love . . . breathtaking -- AJ Pearce, author of <i>Dear Mrs Bird</i> 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 * 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 * Brilliant . . . refreshingly original . . . beautifully orchestrated . . . fascinating -- Andrew Taylor, No. 1 <i>Sunday Times</i> bestselling author of <i>The Ashes of London</i> and <i>The American Boy</i> 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 <i>The Party</i> 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 <i>The Water Cure</i> 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 * Exq
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.