May 9: The Doll Factory – Elizabeth MacNeal tallks to Emma About her New Novel

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

The author will be talking to Emma from The Hungerford Bookshop about her novel before taking questions and signing her book.

Tickets are £6 from the bookshop and include a glass of wine, and money off the book on the night (making it £10 rather than £12.99). Tickets available on-line here