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Elizabeth Macneal

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Born in Scotland, Elizabeth Macneal is a potter based in Limehouse, East London, working from a small studio at the bottom of her garden. She read English Literature at Oxford University, before working in the City for several years. In 2017, she completed the Creative Writing MA at UEA where she was awarded the Malcolm Bradbury scholarship.

Her debut novel The Doll Factory won the Caledonia First Novel Award and was published in Spring 2019 in the UK by Picador, who won a 14-way auction for the title, and Simon & Schuster / Emily Bestler Books who snapped up US rights in a significant deal.

Genres: Horror, Historical, Mystery
New and upcoming books
June 2024

The Burial Plot
   The Doll Factory (2019)
   Circus of Wonders (2021)
   The Burial Plot (2024)
   The Haunting Season (2021) (with others)
   The Winter Spirits (2023) (with others)
Elizabeth Macneal recommends
The Household (2024)
Stacey Halls
"I devoured The Household by Stacey Halls. Meticulously researched and thoroughly entertaining, I was struck most of all by its hopefulness: about forgiveness, friendship, the choices we make and the opportunity for a second (or third) chance. This is undoubtedly Stacey Halls' best novel yet - I can't wait to see what she writes next."
The Painter's Daughters (2024)
Emily Howes
"A moving exploration of the familial ties that bind us and the grief of a life half-lived . . . a wonderful debut that lingered with me."
Fifteen Wild Decembers (2023)
Karen Powell
"I was spellbound by this fictionalised portrait, brimming with the texture of the dank, wild hills of Yorkshire, the weight and power of grief, and the contentment to be found in daring to forge one's own path in the world. Delightful and intriguing; each sentence is so sharp, so shining."

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