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.