The Doll Factory
The Sunday Times bestseller – Now a major TV series with Paramount+
Elizabeth Macneal's The Doll Factory is a gothic suspense story of art, obsession and delusion, set in Victorian London.
'Astounding . . . I recommend it wholeheartedly' – Jo Whiley, BBC Radio 2 Book Club
London. 1850. On a crowded street, the dollmaker Iris Whittle meets the artist Louis Frost. Louis is a painter who 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 sharp, scary tale of love, art and obsession' – Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train
BBC Radio 2 Book Club Pick
BBC Radio 4 Book At Bedtime
Five Star Reader Reviews:
'I couldn't put it down'
'I never wanted it to end'
'A plot to stop your heart'
The Burial Plot, Elizabeth's latest cat-and-mouse thriller, is available to pre-order now!
A remarkable example of historical fiction . . . full of life, colour and intelligence
Stunningly confident . . . thoroughly engrossing
A must read . . . Elizabeth Macneal's compelling debut is a darkly brilliant tale of Gothic suspense