The Muse

3.91 based on 3238 ratings & 355 reviews on Goodreads.com

The Sunday Times Number One Bestseller

A picture hides a thousand words . . .

On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, knowing that her life is about to change forever. Having struggled to find her place in the city since she arrived from Trinidad five years ago, she has been offered a job as a typist under the tutelage of the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick. But though Quick takes Odelle into her confidence, and unlocks a potential she didn't know she had, she remains a mystery - no more so than when a lost masterpiece with a secret history is delivered to the gallery.

The truth about the painting lies in 1936 and a large house in rural Spain, where Olive Schloss, the daughter of a renowned art dealer, is harbouring ambitions of her own. Into this fragile paradise come artist and revolutionary Isaac Robles and his half-sister Teresa, who immediately insinuate themselves into the Schloss family, with explosive and devastating consequences . . .

Seductive, exhilarating and suspenseful, The Muse is an unforgettable novel about aspiration and identity, love and obsession, authenticity and deception - a masterpiece from Jessie Burton, the million-copy bestselling author of The Miniaturist.

Burton's multi-layered story is never less than engaging . . . she has an undoubted gift for seizing the reader's attention and holding it . . . powerful . . . genuinely surprising
Sunday Times
Deftly plotted, a masterclass in pacing, tension and suspense, and richly characterised . . . exquisitely written, evocative and suspenseful
Sunday Express
Those who loved The Miniaturist will find here all the cliffhangers, twists and heart-stopping revelations they expected, and in two evocative settings . . . as a study of female creativity, it triumphs
Daily Telegraph

About Jessie Burton

Jessie Burton was born in 1982 and lives in London. She studied at Oxford University and The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and worked for nine years as an actress and a PA before her first novel, The Miniaturist, was published. The Miniaturist was translated into over thirty languages and has sold over a million copies around the world.

www.jessieburton.com

Photo © Harry Borden

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Jessie Burton on her new novel The Muse

Jessie Burton on her new novel The Muse

The Space, Wimbledon Library

The Space, Wimbledon Library
35 Wimbledon Hill , SW19 7NB UNITED KINGDOM

19:30 on 29 September 2016 - 20:30 on 29 September 2016

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Born in Wimbledon, Jessie Burton is the author of the runaway success The Miniaturist, which has sold over one million copies. Her latest work of fiction, The Muse stars Olive Schloss from 1930s civil war Spain and Odelle Bastien a Caribbean immigrant to 1960s London. A painting and artistic mystery pulls together their disparate lives and histories. Jessie Burton will discuss how she conjures vivid heroines and weaves remarkable stories around art and objects. " " " "Jessie Burton makes a welcome return to her native Wimbledon to launch Wimbledon BookFest's collaboration with The Space, a new venue at Wimbledon Library. In the suitably atmospheric oak panelled surrounds, Jessie Burton, reminds us all why we fall in love with books, authors and libraries. Enjoy an intimate literary experience.

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Jessie Burton discusses The Muse

Jessie Burton discusses The Muse

Marlborough Town Hall

Marlborough Town Hall
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15:00 on 02 October 2016 - 16:00 on 02 October 2016

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Jessie Burton's meteoric success as a novelist came as a complete surprise to her when a bidding war ensued at The London Book Fair for publication of her first novel The Miniaturist. By 2015 it had topped the bestseller charts on both sides of the Atlantic and was published in 36 languages. " " " "Jessie Burton - The Muse coverWritten whilst still working as a City PA, The Miniaturist was inspired by a large and incredibly intricate doll's house in Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum. The tale comments on the control, concealment and hypocrisy endemic within society life of 17th century Holland. " " " "Multiple awards later, including Waterstone's Book of The Year and The National Book Awards winner, Jessie's follow up is The Muse. Set in both the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s and London in the Sixties this is a multi- layered story once again anchored around a single artefact and reflects the way history's twists and turns shape our lives.

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Jessie Burton at Cheltenham Literature Festival

Jessie Burton at Cheltenham Literature Festival

Cheltenham Festival of Literature - literature festival

Cheltenham Festival of Literature - literature festival
Cheltenham Festivals 109-111 Bath Road Cheltenham, GL53 7LS UNITED KINGDOM

15:45 on 09 October 2016 - 16:45 on 09 October 2016

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Join Jessie Burton as she discussing her number 1 bestselling novel The Muse.

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Jessie Burton at Manchester Lit Festival

Jessie Burton at Manchester Lit Festival

Portico Library

Portico Library
57 Moseley Street Manchester , UNITED KINGDOM

18:30 on 13 October 2016 - 19:30 on 13 October 2016

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Join Jessie Burton as she discusses her no1 bestselling novel The Muse, with debut author Megan Bradbury

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Jessie Burton at Chester Literature Festival

Jessie Burton at Chester Literature Festival

Chester Town Hall

Chester Town Hall
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19:30 on 14 October 2016 - 20:30 on 14 October 2016

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Jessie Burton at Stylist LIVE

Jessie Burton at Stylist LIVE

Business Design Centre

Business Design Centre
52 Upper Street , N1 0QH UNITED KINGDOM

13:30 on 16 October 2016 - 14:30 on 16 October 2016

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Join Jessie Burton as she discusses her second bestselling novel, The Muse.

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