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Description - The Muse by Jessie Burton

From Jessie Burton, author of the million-copy international bestseller The Miniaturist, comes a glittering, seductive and utterly enthralling novel about art, identity, and the hidden power within us all . . .

"A complex, vividly drawn tale ... a most original story about creative freedom, finding one's voice, and the quest for artistic redemption." Publishers Weekly

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 an 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 addictive novel about aspiration and identity, love and obsession, authenticity and deception - a magnificent creation and a story you will never forget.


"The next big thing ... Incredibly well-written, beautifully plotted ... If you tore through Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch, you'll love it." Evening Standard

"A fabulously gripping read that will appeal to fans of Girl With a Pearl Earring and The Goldfinch, but Burton is a genuinely new voice with her visceral take on sex, race and class" The Observer

"The kind of book that reminds you why you fell in love with reading" S. J. Watson, author of Before I Go to Sleep

"Utterly transporting, The Miniaturist is one of those rare debut novels that excels in every regard." Hannah Kent

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781447250968
ISBN-10: 1447250966
Format: Paperback / softback
(234mm x 153mm x 33mm)
Pages: 432
Imprint: Picador
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publish Date: 28-Jun-2016
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - 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.

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