The Dollmaker (Hardback)Nina Allan (author)
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Information wanted on the life and work of dollmaker Ewa Chaplin and/or friendship, correspondence. Please reply to: Bramber Winters.
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.
A love story of two very real, unusual people, The Dollmaker is also a novel rich with wonders: Andrew's quest and Bramber's letters unspool around the dark fables that give our familiar world an uncanny edge. It is this touch of magic that, like the blink of a doll's eyes, tricks our own...
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 380 g
Dimensions: 218 x 140 x 42 mm
'Her literary sensibility fuses the fantastic and the mundane to great effect.' - The Guardian
'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, author of The Illuminations
'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, author of Measuring the World
'Mesmerising, richly layered and wholly original - worthy of a modern Grimm.' - Andrew Caldecott, author of Rotherweird
'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, author of The Fountain in the Forest
'Two unusual people with a very real love story. A uniquely beautiful read.' - Image Magazine
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“Unique and enchanting”
I enjoyed this book so much, I would have been happy for it to be twice as long! It’s really unusual, multilayered with fairytales being read intermittently by the main character, all of which are wonderful stories of... More
“A frustrating read”
I found The Dollmaker to be a very disjointed and strange read. The core story is Dollmaker Andrew’s journey to see his pen friend Bramber who lives in an odd institution in Bodmin Moor. I must admit I didn’t find... More
I was sent a copy of The Dollmaker by Nina Allan to read and review by NetGalley.
I have very mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed the main story of the relationship between the dollmaker of the title, Andrew,... More
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