Elizabeth Macneal is a Scottish author and potter based in London.
Her first novel, The Doll Factory, has been translated into 29 languages. It is set in 1850s London, and it is about a young woman who aspires to be an artist, and the man whose obsession may destroy her world forever. It was a Sunday Times bestseller, a Radio 2 Book Club pick, a Radio 4 Book at Bedtime and a Waterstones Book of the Month. It is currently being adapted for a major TV series.
Her second novel, Circus of Wonders is about a girl who is kidnapped by a travelling circus, and who must find her voice in this dark and spectacular world. Moving from the pleasure gardens of Victorian London to the battle-scarred plains of the Crimea, Circus of Wonders is a story about power and ownership, fame and the threat of invisibility. It was a Sunday Times bestseller, Sunday Times ‘book of the month’, and was reviewed by The Guardian as ‘glittering’ and a work of "subtlety and originality."