Her literary sensibility fuses the fantastic and the mundane to great effect
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.
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.
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?
Two unusual people with a very real love story. A uniquely beautiful read
Mesmerising, richly layered and wholly original - worthy of a modern Grimm
Beautifully written and deeply strange . . . Allan writes about neglect and transgression very well . . . Wonderfully taut
Haunting and beautifully written, the plot unfolds as a story within a story.