I am absolutely thrilled that my novel The Doll Factory will be published by Picador in the UK, and by Simon and Schuster in the US, in Spring/Summer 2019. It will be translated into over 25 languages. It won the Caledonia Novel Award 2018.
The Doll Factory is a tale of art, obsession and possession. London 1850: The Great Exhibition is being built in Hyde Park. 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 curiosity 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...