Picador toasts Doll Factory at LBF

News - Books Friday, 15 March 2019

Champagne reception for Elizabeth Macneal's debut which has now sold in 30 territories

PanMac's Picador hosted a party for Elizabeth Macneal and her debut novel The Doll Factory at LBF, marking 50 days before publication date.

Sophie Jonathan, senior commissioning editor, Picador, gave a speech in which she said: "I think we're all looking forward to The Doll Factory being one of the biggest debuts of the year both here and internationally.

"From the moment we at Picador and Pan Macmillan read the manuscript over a year ago, we knew that The Doll Factory was something truly special - a book that tips you onto the streets of 1850s London, and into a world of art and innovation, love and beauty, and of threat, of course. I think it's safe to say that, since we bought The Doll Factory, we've talked of hardly anything else, and the buzz hasn't stopped building for the last 12 months - it's been enormously exciting to be part of that conversation.

"It's thrilling to know (and now see) just how global this project is. The Doll Factory has sold in 30 territories, and I'm particularly pleased to know that quite a number of international publishers will be using the same jacket design as us, and TV rights were snapped up almost as soon as publishing rights were.

"All this excitement is of course down to this wonderful book, but it's also down to an incredibly gifted author. Not only has Elizabeth written the most delicious, dark novel with 'a plot to stop your heart', as Hannah Kent has put it, but she has brought all of her artistic talent and enthusiasm to the publishing process as well."

Pictured (l-r): Emily Bestler, Bestler Books, Atria, Simon & Schuster USA, Sophie Jonathan, Picador, Elizabeth Macneal, Madeleine Milburn, Libby McGuire, Atria, Simon & Schuster USA
and Paul Baggaley, Picador

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