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The Dollmaker by Nina Allan

The Dollmaker

Nina Allan

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1 review

Imprint: riverrun
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Publication date: 4 Apr 2019
ISBN: 9781787472556

A love story about becoming real by an award-winning genre author emerging on the literary scene

3 stars out of 5
Leaf Arbuthnot
10 Mar 2019

"beautifully written and deeply strange"

Allan writes about neglect and transgression very well. There are some wonderfully taut scenes in which characters betray one another, often violently. But it is hard to remain gripped by the rest. Andrew’s meandering journey from London to Cornwall is stretched out tediously, and more than once I found myself asking why I should care, about him or anything he is doing. While Allan has crowded the book with imaginative protagonists — sinister shopkeepers, a paedophilic collector of automata — none, including the dolls, emerges as a character worth rooting for.