The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal is one of the most hotly-tipped books for 2019, and TV rights have already been bought. Set in London 1850, the novel tells the story of Iris, an aspiring artist who works in a doll-making shop, and Silas, a reclusive collector captivated by the strange and beautiful. They meet by chance in Hyde Park during the construction of The Great Exhibition. For Iris, it is the encounter of a moment – forgotten seconds later. But for Silas the meeting marks a new beginning. He decides his life will be incomplete without her. When Iris is asked to model for Pre-Raphaelite artist Louis Frost, she agrees on the condition that he will teach her to paint, and suddenly her world expands to become a place of art and love. But Silas has only thought of one thing since meeting Iris, 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 £6. Midday at Hungerford Library.
Tickets from Hungerford Bookshop (01488 683480) or on-line at ArtsForHungerford.com