The Doll Factory

The Doll Factory Book Summary

The Doll Factory, the debut novel by Elizabeth Macneal, is an intoxicating story of art, obsession and possession.

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 . . .

Title:The Doll Factory
Edition Language:English



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  • Maureen

    Richly evocative of Victorian London, The Doll Factory revolves around Iris, who together with her sister Rose, works for the cruel, laudanum addicted Mrs Salter. Iris dreams of being an artist, expre...

  • Paromjit

    This is an unforgettable piece of chilling and gothic historical fiction, the debut from Elizabeth Macneal, set in the Victorian era. She writes an atmospheric and beautifully constructed story of art...

  • Beata

    This novel is a winner for me! The 1850 London, where pre-Raphaelites shook the artistic world, where a young woman is tired of painting dolls and wants to express herself in real art, London where a ...

  • Elyse  Walters

    NO SPOILERSThis Victorian era....fusion drama gets creepier and creepier....with a climactic ending!!! A reader who chooses this novel is getting the deli deluxe combo sandwich with added secret ingre...

  • Liz

    The Doll Factory imagines an 1850 London that could easily have been written by Dickens. We see Albie, the street urchin with but a single tooth, who collects dead animals for Silas, a taxidermist and...

  • Amalia Gavea

    ''When the streets are at the darkest and quitest, a girl settles at a small desk in the cellar of a dollmaker's shop. A bald china head sits in front of her and watches her with a vacant stare. She ...

  • Debra

    Talent...Art...obsession...love...poverty...possibility...yearning...Gothic...VictorianAll words which can be used to describe The Doll Factory, a Gothic Victorian tale set in London in 1850. When Iri...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Happy pub day to this creepy blend of hist fic and mystery! 🦋 🦋 🦋 🦋 The Doll Factory is set in 1850s London. The Great Exhibition is going up on Hyde Park. Its an art exhibition and among ...

  • *TUDOR^QUEEN*

    3.5 StarsI was lured into reading this book because of its locale and time period (Victorian London), the Dickensian / gothic atmosphere, and the promise of all things weird. This book delivered on al...

  • Bren

    "I would say observing. Its an important skill for an artist". The Doll Factory by Elizabeth MacnealI am editing this because I want to be clear. This is a good book but NOT FOR ME. Different books ar...