Released on 30 June 2016.

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The Muse

3.84 based on 21629 ratings & 1400 reviews on Goodreads.com

2018 Long-listed

International Dublin Literary Award

2017 Short-listed

BBIA: Fiction Book of the Year

Synopsis

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.

In the media

Tremendous vitality . . . her craftsmanship and surefooted prose ensure a satisfying conclusion
Daily Mail
Rich and gripping . . . excellently explores the writing process itself . . . Burton breathes life into her words
Independent
Delves deep into another world . . . the must-read of summer 2016
Glamour