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The Doll Factory - Elizabeth Macneal

The Doll Factory - Elizabeth Macneal

This is book № 935 of a limited edition of 1500 copies

Title: The Doll Factory

Author:  Elizabeth Macneal

ISBN:  9781529002393

Weight:  810g

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The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal

The Doll Factory 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 watching crowd 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…

Rich and evocative, The Doll Factory is a mesmerizing novel set amidst the vivid chaos of Victorian London.  It is a passionate love story and a thrilling tale of one woman’s determination to break free.

Peer & Press Reviews

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

A stunningly confident first novel with a real sense of period and place… thoroughly engrossing.

Ian Rankin

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.

Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title The Doll Factory
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition background

Issued direct by Pan Macmillan, these books are from an indie exclusive limited edition (1500 copies) that has a different jacket to the trade edition.

Each book has an authentication page, tipped-in directly before the title page, that confirms the book’s handwritten number.  This page also features an illustration of Guinevere the Wombat and has the book’s title and the words, Independent Bookshop Limited Edition Signed by the author' printed on it.

In addition, the book has a different dust jacket to the standard trade edition and its endpapers are printed with an illustration of The Great Exhibition; it also has decorative head and tail bands and a ribbon marker.

Book number 935 of 1500
Jacket note On the front of the jacket is a ‘SIGNED COPY’ sticker (see image).  As the paper used for the jacket has a SuperMatt laminate finish, WE DON’T ADVISE REMOVING THIS as it could result in a flaw known as Sticker Ghost.
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the tipped-in signature / number authentication page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes Caledonia Novel Award (unpub. manuscript) 2018 – winner
Book Club listing Due to feature on Radio 2 Book Club (Monday 10 June)
Media adaptation BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime: ten 15-minute episodes, broadcast Mon-Fri at 10:45pm from Mon 13 May 2019.
TV adaptation

London-based Buccaneer Media have bought the TV rights to The Doll Factory.  Hayley Steed at Madeleine Milburn brokered the deal with APA, who acted for Buccaneer.

Buccaneer is headed up by drama producer Tony Wood who has appointed APA agent Kyle Loftus to represent production in the USA.

Book Stats
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Imprint Picador
Publication date
Printed by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13 9781529002393
ISBN 10 1529002397
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 372
Size (h x w x d) 223 x 145 x 36mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Mat Smith
Jacket design Katie Tooke
Jacket made by Line Andersen
Jacket photograph Martin Andersen

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