The Doll Factory

The Doll Factory

Book - 2019
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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.
Publisher: London :, Picador,, 2019.
Branch Call Number: HISTORICAL
Characteristics: 376 pages ;,23 cm.

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Not easily categorised into one genre, this book is primarily a gothic historical, but also a slow-burning thriller with a feminist flavour that makes it a real page turner. Iris's dull life painting doll's faces is changed forever when she agrees to model for a pre-Raphaelite painter in exchange... Read More »

Not easily categorised into one genre, this book is primarily a gothic historical, but also a slow-burning thriller with a feminist flavour that makes it a real page turner. Iris longs to break free of her daily drudgery painting dolls faces at a shop with her twin sister Rose and become an artis... Read More »

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Reneeccl Nov 22, 2020

This was my favourite read of 2020 until 'The City of Brass' knocked it down a peg! Not easily categorised into one genre, this book is a gothic historical, slow-burning art thriller with a feminist flavour that had me flipping to the next page as soon as I could. Iris longs to break free of her ... Read More »

Hands down the best and most favourite read of the year! Not easily categorised into one genre, this book is a gothic historical, slow-burning art thriller with a feminist flavour that had me flipping to the next page as soon as I could. Iris longs to break free of her daily drudgery painting dol... Read More »


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