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The Doll Factory: Elizabeth Macneal talks art & fiction in the garden

Tuesday, Apr 30 2019
19:30 - 21:00
Elizabeth Macneal
location: Lighthouse

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The Doll Factory is the intoxicating story of a young woman who aspires to be an artist, and the man whose obsession may destroy her.

We are thrilled to launch a stunning new work of feminist fiction in the author’s home city! To celebrate Elizabeth Macneal’s Doll Factory we invite you to our own Great Exhibition - we’ll be setting the launch in the bookshop garden, surrounded by tableaus of the time and works of contemporary women artists.

Inspired by the real artists of the Pre-Raphaelite circle of Victorian London, The Doll Factory brings to life the squalor, ambition and sweeping vision of 1851 London, a radical year of art and ambition that would change Britain and the lives within it forever.

As a young woman, Iris’s dreams are constrained by society, but she is propelled forward by a dogged resilience and a tenacious desire to become the person she knows she is.

When Iris is asked to model for the 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… Her personal and artistic awakening is deftly plotted against the darkening obsession of a man determined to have her all to himself.

“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, author of Burial Rites and The Good People

Elizabeth Macneal was born in Scotland and now lives in East London. She is a writer and potter and works from a small studio at the bottom of her garden. She read English Literature at Oxford University, before completing the Creative Writing MA at UEA where she was awarded the Malcolm Bradbury scholarship. The Doll Factory, Elizabeth’s debut novel, won the Caledonia Novel Award 2018.


**We have 15 free tickets available for this event! These are intended to make the evening accessible to those who might not otherwise be able to attend - If you can afford a paid ticket please book one as this supports the bookshop and allows us to save free places for those who can’t, thanks! **

**You can also buy your tickets in the shop & save yourself the eventbrite booking fee :P **

This event will take place in the garden behind the bookshop - there are steps for access although we will have a ramp available, the garden itself is grass so is also slightly uneven. This event will be seated and speakers will use microphones throughout. We have further details about accessibility ****HERE**, or feel free to get in touch, we’re happy to help however we can! **

The Bookshop operates a Safe Space Policy which all guests and speakers are asked to respect - you can read it ****HERE**.**


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