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Award-winning & Sunday Times bestselling author. Her debut novel is a #1 international bestseller and has been translated into 29 languages.  

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The Doll Factory (2019)


“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 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 


"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 

"A sharp, scary, gorgeously evocative tale of love, art and obsession." - Paula Hawkins, internationally bestselling author of The Girl on the Train 

Awards: Caledonia Novel Award 2018; Radio 2 Book Club pick; Radio 4 Book at Bedtime; Radio 4 Book of the Week

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