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 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…
ISBN: Hardback: 9781529002393
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publish Date: 2019
Page Count: 336
'…a remarkably strong debut; clever and readable with flashes of wonderful, descriptive prose.' - The Times 'The themes of this gripping novel include creativity, passion and the disempowerment of women.' - The Express ‘Genuinely Dickensian… add a keen exploration of the restrictions that were placed on women and the possessiveness of men, and you get a remarkable example of historical fiction.’ - The Sunday Times 'A sharp, scary, gorgeously evocative tale of love, art and obsession.' - Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train 'A stunningly confident first novel with a real sense of period and place... thoroughly engrossing.' - Ian Rankin