Released on 01 January 2015.

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The Miniaturist

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2015 Long-listed

Desmond Elliott Prize

2014 Long-listed

Waverton Good Read Award

2014 Winner

National Book Awards New Writer of the Year

2014 Winner

National Book Awards Book of the Year


The phenomenal Number One Bestseller

Winner of the Specsavers National Book Award and Waterstones Book of the Year

A Richard and Judy Book Club selection

There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed . . .

On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in unexpected ways . . .

Nella is at first mystified by the closed world of the Brandt household, but as she uncovers its secrets she realizes the escalating dangers that await them all. Does the miniaturist hold their fate in her hands? And will she be the key to their salvation or the architect of their downfall?

Beautiful, intoxicating and filled with heart-pounding suspense, Jessie Burton's magnificent debut novel The Miniaturist is a story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.

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It's 1686, in Amsterdam. After meeting her husband just once, at their wedding, 18-year-old Nella Oortman walks into her new and hostile home. But when her husband gives her a doll's house, he unwittingly provides her with the key to her empowerment. Preoccupying, to the final sentence
It grabs you from the off... Like nothing you've read before
Among my favourite debuts this year
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