This follows the US hardback edition which was published last year and picked as The New York Times Editor’s choice. Picador published in the UK and over 28 international editions have now been published worldwide, with Film & TV rights optioned by Buccaneer Media.
The Doll Factory has been a global success. It was the No. 1 bestseller in the Times and the No. 2 bestseller in The Sunday Times in hardback, with The New York Times Book Review calling it a ‘harrowing and a bewitching adventure’. It was selected by Barnes & Noble as one of eleven books in their Fall 2019 Program and Bookpage have named The Doll Factory as one of the Top 10 Books of August, given it a starred review, and featured it in their 8 New Voices to Discover article. In addition, The Doll Factory was chosen as The Washington Post’s 50 Notable Works of Fiction, and the New York Public Library selected the novel as one of the best historical fiction books of the year.
Since publication, The Doll Factory has been highly praised, with a selection included below:
‘As lush as the novels of Kate Morton and Diane Setterfield, as exciting as The Alienist and Iain Pears’ An Instance of the Fingerpost, this exquisite literary thriller will intrigue book clubs and rivet fans of historical fiction.’
A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
‘This terrifically exciting novel will jolt, thrill, and bewitch readers.’
Booklist, starred review
‘I’ve missed subway stops to finish a book, but this is the first time I almost missed a plane. The final chapters of Elizabeth Macneal’s delightfully creepy novel kept me screwed to my office chair as my wife sent irritated texts from the airport. What more could one want from a Victorian thriller? But Macneal delivers even more. The Doll Factory which is already a hit in England, offers an eerily lifelike re-creation of 1850s London laced with a smart feminist critique of Western aesthetics. It’s a perfect blend of froth and substance, a guilty pleasure wrapped around a provocative history lesson…’
Ron Charles, The Washington Post
‘Told against the backdrop of the Great Exposition at the Crystal Palace and its industrial wonders, MacNeal’s consistently enjoyable novel reads like an art history lecture co-delivered by Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens and read from a revisionist feminist script. This debut is a blast; it enticingly vacillates between a realistic depiction of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood’s London and lurid Victorian drama’
‘A sharp, scary, gorgeously evocative tale of love, art and obsession’
Paula Hawkins, bestselling author of The Girl on the Train
‘When a book refuses to shy away from squalor and brutality while venerating the passionate and beautiful, it is always a memorable experience—The Crimson Petal and the White, by Michel Faber; The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver; Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters. Joining this list of haunting novels is Elizabeth Macneal’s unapologetically lush debut, THE DOLL FACTORY… There is hardly an aspect of Victorian London that [Macneal] has not mastered.’
New York Times