Troubador Doll

Released: 28/01/2021

ISBN: 9781838595470

eISBN: 9781800467576

Format: Paperback/eBook

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“Sex, death, flowers—rivers, seas, sleep. They all have beds. 
This was my very first thought.” 

The first part of this story is told from the perspective of a sex doll.  

The second from the perspective of the man who owns her. 

Peter Leggatt’s debut novel opens with the thoughts of a sex doll as she comes to consciousness inside her crate, about to be delivered to the apartment of her owner, J. There, J opens her. What ensues is a very modern love affair, teetering between tragedy and the darkly comic, and written in prose of hallucinatory beauty. At a moment when debate over gender and identity is increasingly fraught Doll affords a provocative new perspective on love and objectification.

“Doll is an astonishing piece of writing. Its ingenuity, and intelligence, and strangeness, and indeed beauty, carry for me a Nabokov originality, and that is a high matching indeed.
I have absolutely no doubt this is best seller material.” 
Tim Waterstone, novelist and founder of Waterstones

This is an extremely interesting book. It’s sort of like Westworld. What if inanimate objects had feelings? Do you things that you do to them matter? I highly recommend this book I think a lot of people will enjoy it.

by NetGalley review

Doll is by far the most unusual book I've read in a long time. I was initially intrigued by the premise - a story told from the perspective of both a sex doll and her owner, and it did not disappoint!

There is a poetic beauty to the way Peter Leggatt writes, setting out this odd, unique and very modern relationship (of sorts) between the two key characters.

The story is captivating, heartbreaking and unsettling in equal measure, from the sadness for the Doll as she becomes conscious while still unable to move and begins to determine her limitations and purpose in life, to the insecurity and touch of madness from the owner whose perspective reminded me strongly of the narrator in Nabokov's Lolita.

The novel is split into only two chapters (one from each perspective) and it felt almost like a stream of consciousness, which made the story even more gripping - so much so that I devoured the whole thing in only 2 days! I do appreciate though that the complicated sentence structure may not be everyone's cup of tea.

Doll is a masterpiece of a debut novel and I would be very surprised if it wasn't on every Book Club reading list this Spring! Readers will go mad for it!

by NetGalley review

The first part is this story is told from the perspective of a sex doll. The second from the perspective of the man who owns her. The novel follows the thoughts of a sex doll as she comes into consciousness inside her crate and is about to be delivered to her owner, J. J opens the crate and what follows is a modern love affair, teetering between tragedy and the darkly comic, written in prose of hallucinatory beauty.

Thank you to NetGalley, Matador at Troubador Publishing, and Peter Leggatt for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I love reading books that are a bit on the unusual side, taboo, or a little mind-bending. When I saw the synopsis of this book I had to read it. This book does follow from the perspective of a sex doll, and her owner so there is a fair amount of sexual content but in reality the book is about so much more than that. The story is written with amazing, complex prose and is almost philosophical in nature. The narrative is written in a stream of consciousness style and debates topics such as one’s existence in life, purpose, and the way one changes or is changed by life and relationships. The main character also grapples with loneliness, insecurity, lost relationships, and longing. When you read into the story past the allure of the sexual content, there is a lot of deeper meaning and interesting aspects to ponder. This is a unique book and it will definitely stay on my mind for a while.

by NetGalley review

I have to admit I"m not a huge fan of the cover. It's too plain considering the book topic.
The storyline is unique and isn't something I've read a lot of before. This book definitely won't be for everyone due to the subject matter. I mean, let's be real here, not everyone is going to want to read a book about about or narrated by a sex doll, haha. BUT if you're open-minded, check it out.

I'd definitely read more books by this author.

by NetGalley review

This is an unusual book in that the story is being narrated by a sex doll and later by its owner. There were times when I kind of felt sad for the doll because she is wanting what everyone wants. I had a bunch of feelings as I read the book. At times the story gave me something to think about. I really enjoyed the book.

by NetGalley review

A meditation on love and desire - beautiful and thought-provoking.

'Doll' awakens in her box and describes her life as a sex doll. It's pretty strong stuff - I was wondering how much more to read when, a third of the way through, J, who bought her, becomes the narrator.

Written in the second person singular, J recounts the story of his lost love that led to him buying Doll, including a perfectly brilliant scene where he meets his girlfriend's mother.

At its best it reminds me of André Gide in its style. As a meditation on love, desire and loss, it will stay with me both for the beauty of the writing and the way it challenges the nature of love.

by Liz

This book was such a unique and certainly original book. Told by two perspectives it made it very intriguing and to see how the two characters then viewed certain moments was very different. I heard about this book and had an instant interest in reading it. I've never seen such an aspect in a book like i did with this one. I would definitely love to read more from this author now after this one. very unique and a very well written book!

by NetGalley review

This was probably the most unique and original book I’ve read. The POV is something I’ve never ever seen done and I must admit I found it to be clever! Now, I loved the uniqueness of this book, but felt execution was lacking and therefore made of hard to keep my attention and want to finish! But I would recommend to those looking for an odd, unique and original story, as long as they don’t mind more mature themes!

by NetGalley review

Peter Leggatt

Peter is a writer and journalist who lives in Paris, France. He graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge in 2011 with Double First-Class Honours in English Literature, and has subsequently written for publications including the Times Literary Supplement, Financial Times Weekend, Newsweek and Arete, amongst others. He was the Editor of the Soho Revue magazine from 2015-2017, for which he was nominated as Editor of the Year at the 2016 Stack Awards. His other interests include book collecting, bookbinding, cooking, winetasting and woodwork.

Doll is his debut novel and will be released by Matador Books in July 2020.


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