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The Dollmaker

(2019)
A novel by

 
 
Named a Best Book of the Year by The Advocate and Tor.com

A love story of two very real, unusual people, and a novel rich with wonders that shines a radically different light on society's marginal figures.


Stitch by perfect stitch, Andrew Garvie makes exquisite dolls in the finest antique style. Like him, they are diminutive, but graceful, unique and with surprising depths. Perhaps that's why he answers the enigmatic personal ad in his collector's magazine.

Letter by letter, Bramber Winters reveals more of her strange, sheltered life in an institution on Bodmin Moor, and the terrible events that put her there as a child. Andrew knows what it is to be trapped; and as they knit closer together, he weaves a curious plan to rescue her.

On his journey through the old towns of England he reads the fairytales of Ewa Chaplin—potent, eldritch stories which, like her lifelike dolls, pluck at the edges of reality and thread their way into his mind. When Andrew and Bramber meet at last, they will have a choice—to remain alone with their painful pasts or break free and, unlike their dolls, come to life.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"Amazing experiments are still possible with the form of the novel! I was deeply impressed by the complexity of this elegant, beautiful and subtly scary book." - Daniel Kehlmann

"In clean, beautiful, agile prose, Nina Allan is able to conjure a recognisable England and a place of deep enchantment. The world of The Dollmaker is not only one we know, it seems to know us, and readers will lose and find themselves inside Allan's wonderful creation. A fantastic book, revealing a zone of wonder and a world of truth." - Andrew O'Hagan

"As uncanny and disquieting as a Hans Bellmer photograph, yet rooted - like all of Nina Allan's superb novels - in a minutely observed everyday reality that feels almost too familiar. This is a masterful and multi-layered haunted toyshop of a novel, but who exactly is playing with who?" - Tony White


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Hardback Editions

April 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Dollmaker
Author(s): Nina Allan
ISBN: 1-78747-255-8 / 978-1-78747-255-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: riverrun
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Paperback Editions

March 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Dollmaker
Author(s): Nina Allan
ISBN: 1-78747-256-6 / 978-1-78747-256-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: riverrun
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October 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Dollmaker: A Novel
Author(s): Nina Allan
ISBN: 1-59051-993-0 / 978-1-59051-993-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Other Press
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April 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Dollmaker
Author(s): Nina Allan
ISBN: 1-78747-254-X / 978-1-78747-254-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: riverrun
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

October 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Dollmaker: A Novel
Author(s): Nina Allan
ISBN: 1-68457-280-0 / 978-1-68457-280-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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October 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Dollmaker: A Novel
Author(s): Nina Allan
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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October 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Dollmaker: A Novel
Author(s): Nina Allan
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon CA   


April 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Dollmaker
Author(s): Nina Allan
Publisher: riverrun
Availability: Amazon   


April 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Dollmaker
Author(s): Nina Allan
Publisher: riverrun
Availability: Amazon AU   


April 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Dollmaker
Author(s): Nina Allan
Publisher: riverrun
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

October 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Dollmaker: A Novel
Author(s): Nina Allan
Publisher: Other Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


April 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Dollmaker
Author(s): Nina Allan
Publisher: riverrun
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU