Elizabeth Macneal | 'I wanted to understand the women in their movement, more than the men'

Elizabeth Macneal | 'I wanted to understand the women in their movement, more than the men'

Elizabeth Macneal’s teenage obsession with Pre-Raphaelite painters sowed the seed for her début novel, a gripping Victorian-age drama about a young woman called Iris who works for a pittance as a doll-maker, but yearns to be an artist in her own right. By a twist of fate Iris catches the attention of artist Louis Frost, who asks her to model for him, and she is given the opportunity to set her dreams in motion. But at the same time another man, Silas Reed, an unsettling collector and taxidermist, has become enamoured with Iris and has plans to make her his own.

As an "obsessed" teenager M...

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