The Doll Factory


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$17.00  $15.81
Atria Books
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5.2 X 8.0 X 1.0 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Born in Scotland, Elizabeth Macneal is a writer and potter based in London. The Doll Factory, Elizabeth's debut novel, was an international bestseller, has been translated into twenty-nine languages, and has been optioned for a major television series. It won the Caledonia Novel Award 2018. Circus of Wonders is her second novel.


"A gripping, artfully written historical novel with a highly contemporary sensibility. The setting - 19th century London full of pomp, grime and menace - plays just one part in an immersive and intellectually satisfying narrative that interrogates gender politics, classism, relationships, artistic obsession and erotomania with a painterly eye and gleefully dark heart. Part love story, part gothic novel and leading up to a truly breathless conclusion, this book is destined to be one of the biggest titles of 2019, deservedly so."--Sharlene Teo, award-winning author of Ponti "Booklist (starred review)"
"When a book refuses to shy away from squalor and brutality while venerating the passionate and beautiful, it is always a memorable experience--The Crimson Petal and the White, by Michel Faber; The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver; Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters. Joining this list of haunting novels is Elizabeth Macneal's unapologetically lush debut, THE DOLL FACTORY... There is hardly an aspect of Victorian London that [Macneal] has not mastered."-- "The New York Times Book Review"
"I've missed subway stops to finish a book, but this is the first time I almost missed a plane . . . What more could one want from a Victorian thriller? But Macneal delivers even more . . . It's a perfect blend of froth and substance, a guilty pleasure wrapped around a provocative history lesson."-- "The Washington Post"
"A sharp, scary, gorgeously evocative tale of love, art and obsession."--Paula Hawkins, internationally bestselling author of The Girl on the Train "The Washington Post"
"A stunningly confident first novel with a real sense of period and place . . . thoroughly engrossing."--Ian Rankin, New York Times bestselling author of RATHER BE THE DEVIL "The Washington Post"
"Talented debut novelist Macneal drops readers right into a Victorian London that's home to stinking squalor and chaos, but also significant beauty and possibility. Midway through, readers won't know if they're holding a romance, tragedy, or murder mystery, but won't pause long enough to wonder about it as Iris rails against the limitations of her gender and social status, and Silas' creepiness comes into sharp focus...This terrifically exciting, chiaroscuro novel became an instant bestseller in England, with TV rights already sold, and will jolt, thrill, and bewitch U.S. readers, too."--Ian Rankin, New York Times bestselling author of RATHER BE THE DEVIL "Booklist (starred review)"
"A stunning novel that twines together power, art, and obsession. At every turn expectations are confounded - it's a historical novel and yet feels incredibly relevant and timely. I loved its warmth, its wry humour, and the way each small thread leads into an unbearably tense and chilling denouement that had me totally gripped."--Sophie Mackintosh, Man Booker Prize-longlisted author of The Water Cure "Booklist (starred review)"
"An astonishingly good debut. The Doll Factory reminded me of The Crimson Petal and the White, Fingersmith and Vanity Fair but had a richness of tone that was uniquely its own. Macneal writes with utter mastery, creating a lushly intricate world peopled by living, breathing characters you can't help but fall in love 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, award-winning author of THE PARTY "Booklist (starred review)"
"I lovedTHE DOLL FACTORY from the very first page and couldn't do anything else until I'd read right to the end. An exquisite novel of obsession, delusion, resilience and love, Elizabeth Macneal really is a breathtaking new talent."
--AJ Pearce, internationally bestselling author of DEAR MRS. BIRD "Booklist (starred review)"
"Engrossing and atmospheric. Fascinating real historical background (the Pre-Raphaelites) and super invented characters. I can practically see the TV version!"--Adele Geras, award-winning author of THE BALLET CLASS "Booklist (starred review)"
"With strong echoes of John Fowles' The Collector, The Doll Factory is at once a vivid depiction of a morally dubious world, and a page-turning psychological thriller, with a truly compelling villain."--Essie Fox, critically-acclaimed author of The Somnambulist "Booklist (starred review)"
"Fantastic - vivid, poignant, colourful, and elegantly horrifying."--Bridget Collins, internationally bestselling author of THE BINDING "Booklist (starred review)"
"This brilliant literary thriller gripped me from the opening page and didn't relinquish its hold until I'd read the final sentence. The Doll Factory conjures 1850s London in all its grime and glory, possibility and restriction in absorbing, immersive detail. Elizabeth Macneal has created that rare thing: a beautifully researched historical novel with a plot to stop your heart. If this is her first book, I can barely wait to see what she writes next."
--Hannah Kent, award-winning author of BURIAL RITES and THE GOOD PEOPLE "Booklist (starred review)"
"THE DOLL FACTORY is brilliant, with a refreshingly original quality, beautifully orchestrated narrative, great characters and some fascinating background detail."--Andrew Taylor, No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author of THE ASHES OF LONDON and THE AMERICAN BOY "Booklist (starred review)"
"THE DOLL FACTORY is one of the best books I've read in ages - heartbreaking and evocative. Elizabeth Macneal draws a vivid picture of life in 1850s London, exploring the world of the pre-Raphaelites and examining the position of women through her unforgettable heroine. At the same time, Elizabeth creates a perfectly structured and page-turning story of love and passion; crime and obsession. A wonderful and intense novel. I loved it."--Jenny Quintana, author of THE MISSING GIRL "Booklist (starred review)"
"A remarkably assured and beautifully written debut, filled with sinister delights and intriguing themes of imprisonment and objectification. A truly captivating read."--E C Fremantle, author of THE POISON BED "Booklist (starred review)"
"A darkly beautiful exploration of the razor's edge between creation and destruction."--E C Fremantle, author of THE POISON BED "BookPage, 8 New Voices To Discover"