Win 10 copies of Radio 2 Book Club choice The Doll Factory

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The Doll Factory, the brilliant debut novel by Elizabeth Macneal, has been chosen for the Radio 2 Book Club, and will be on the show on Monday 10 June.
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The Doll Factory

An intoxicating tale of art, obsession and possession, The Doll Factory is set in London in 1850/51, and tells the story of Iris, an apprentice doll-maker who dreams of being a painter, and of Silas, a curiosity collector enchanted by the strange and beautiful with ambitions of founding a museum dedicated to his macabre obsessions.

The Great Exhibition is being constructed in Hyde Park, and two people meet among the crowd. For Iris, it is the encounter of a moment, forgotten seconds later, but for Silas, the meeting marks a new beginning. When Iris is asked to model from the Pre-Raphaelite artist Louis Frost, she agrees on the condition that he will also teach her to paint, and suddenly her world begins to expand, to become a place of the new dual freedoms of art and love. But Silas has thought of one thing only since that chance encounter, and his obsession is darkening.

Elizabeth Macneal was born in Scotland in 1988, and now lives in East London. While studying English at Oxford she wrote a dissertation on clutter in 1850s literature, in which the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood were a key feature, and which deepened her fascination with and love of the period and its art and literature. On graduating, Elizabeth moved to London and worked in the city for five years as a management consultant, but gave up that career to focus on writing and ceramics. Elizabeth Macneal is a professional potter, working out of a small studio at the bottom of her garden, and her work is sold in the Wallace Collection and Botanique Workshop, among others.

In 2017, Elizabeth completed the Creative Writing MA at UEA, with the opening chapters of The Doll Factory forming her dissertation, and where she was awarded the Malcolm Bradbury Scholarship. The Doll Factory won the Caledonia Novel Award, and was bought by Picador after a 14-way auction, with international rights having been sold to over 30 territories so far. TV rights have already been snapped up in a major deal. Elizabeth is currently working on her second novel; when not at her writing desk, she is at her wheel or kiln.

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