The Mannequin Makers (Paperback)
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The Mannequin Makers (Paperback)

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Published: 06/06/2019
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'The skin was smooth and bright as porcelain, but looked as if it would give to the touch. What manner of wood had he used? What tools to exact such detail? What paints, tints or stains to flush her with life?' So wonders the window dresser Colton Kemp when he sees the first mannequin of his new rival, a silent man the inhabitants of Marumaru simply call The Carpenter. Rocked by the sudden death of his wife in childbirth and left with twins to raise, Kemp hatches a dark and selfish plan to make his name and thwart his rival. What follows is a gothic tale of art and deception, strength and folly, love and transgression, which ranges from small-town New Zealand to the graving docks of the River Clyde in Scotland. Along the way we meet a Prussian strongman, a family of ship's carvers with a mysterious affliction, a septuagenarian surf lifesaver and a talking figurehead named Vengeance. Lives and stories will intertwine as fate takes its cruel trajectory, leaving you feeling as if waking from an unsettling dream.

Publisher: Melville House UK
ISBN: 9781911545293
Number of pages: 336
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


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'A story of dark obsession and family entanglements that will pull you in like a strong undertow.' Eowyn Ivey, author of The Snow Child

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Ben Richardson

“Gothic tale of art and deception”

Such an original story from New Zealand to Scotland! Brilliant!

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“Unique and utterly compelling”

The Mannequin Makers is a wonderfully original read with a touch of the gothic. Set in New Zealand and Scotland this book covers a the late nineteenth to late twentieth century. Two mannequin makers, one known only as... More

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