Elizabeth Macneal

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Elizabeth Macneal holding "The Doll Factory"

Elizabeth Sarah Macneal (1988) is a British writer, author of the award-winning book The Doll Factory, described as a "lush Victorian fiction".[1]


Elizabeth was born in Edinburgh on 16 October 1988 and is the oldest of four children. She was educated at Fettes College in Edinburgh.[2]

She studied English Literature at Somerville College, Oxford. After graduating she did further postgraduate study at the University of East Anglia as a Malcolm Bradbury Scholar, where she gained an MA.

Elizabeth is a successful ceramicist, and this has supporter her whilst working on the novel.

The Doll Factory[edit]

The book was first published on 2 May 2019 in UK and on 13 August in the USA.

The book explores the complex relationship between Iris Whittle and her artist-admirer, Louis Frost, and Silas Reed, a taxidermist and curio-collector. It is set in London at the time of the Great Exhibition. It links to the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the character of Iris is influenced by the Pre-Raphaelite model, Lizzie Siddal.[3][4]

The book was initially published by Picador in the United Kingdom. In the United States it is published by Emily Bestler Books. It has already (August 2019) been translated into 29 languages and the TV-rights have been bought by Buccaneer Media. It is also available as an audio-book.[5]